Prepare for Earth Day with your students – The 40-Day Low Carbon Lunch Challenge

Did you know that the food system is responsible for approximately 1/3 of global greenhouse gases?  Our friends at TakingITGlobal, a non-profit community  for young people around the world have come up with a great Earth Day initiative to reduce your carbon footprint and take a bite out of climate change, starting with your lunch.  Commit to packing a Low Carbon Lunch for 40 days, from Earth Day, 22 April, to 1 June, and see what a big difference small changes can make! 

Capture TakingITGlobal (TIG), the world’s most popular online community for young leaders, empowers youth around the world to take action on global issues, through social media and technology.  The 40-Day Low Carbon Lunch Challenge is part of Tread Lightly, a free, climate change education and youth engagement initiative developed by TIG.

Tread Lightly provides innovative tools and resources to educators seeking to engage high school students in interactive, climate education, including: lesson plans; a themed virtual classroom; an international climate art contest; and the 40-Day Challenge

Here’s how schools can participate in the 40-Day Low Carbon Lunch Challenge:

1) Commit to taking the 40-Day Low Carbon Lunch Challenge.

2) Access the Tread Lightly Low Carbon Lunch lesson plan for resources and activity ideas.

3) Create a free Tread Lightly virtual classroom to engage students in the Low Carbon Lunch challenge online, in a private, secure, advertising-free environment.  

4) Encourage students to participate in the 40-Day Challenge. Ask them to share their Low Carbon Lunch tips in the virtual classroom, and to document their progress by posting food blogs and photos in the student writing and photo galleries.  

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