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Is A Carbon Tax The Best Way to Slow Climate Change?

Above the Noise

Secondary

Description

This short video explores the role that carbon taxes and cap and trade policies can play in addressing climate change. Using case studies from jurisdictions where these programs are in use, the film offers a balanced look in which both pros and cons are presented. After watching and discussing the video, students answer the title question and share their views with others by participating in an on-line forum.

As a culminating activity, students determine 2 actionable steps the school or community should take to reduce its carbon footprint and prepare a public presentation to support these actions. 

The video resource includes a lesson plan for teachers and a viewing guide for students.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

The video will provide excellent support for any classroom discussion or student investigation into climate policy and climate change mitigation.  It does an excellent job of explaining what's involved in a carbon tax and a cap and trade system and how each program targets climate change.

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Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (2)

    • Air Pollution
    • Climate Change