Footprints we leave with our behaviour
In addition to our physical footprints when we walk, we also leave behind a number of different invisible traces that change the environment and the climate around us both in short and long term. How can we be sure that climate change is caused by humans? How to measure our carbon footprint? What are the effects of climate change on our ecosystems and does climate change also affect our daily lives? Find out more in this module!
Learning objectives & outcomes
By the end of this module, participants will:
- know what is the ecological footprint and how is it related to climate change.
- understand the development of the ecological footprint and our and society’s role in it through our daily choices, consumption habits and lifestyle, the rules of economy and decisions of governments.
- know how to find reliable information about climate change and the role of science in helping us make informed decisions.
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Jivanda, Tomas. World “on the verge of next mass extinction”: Humans have caused extinction rates to increase by up to 10,000 times. The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/world-on-the-verge-of-next-mass-extinction-humans-have-caused-extinction-rates-to-increase-by-up-to-10000-times-9466313.html
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