Speakers: Franziska Marquardt, Malte Stäps – Labster
Age of participants: Middle and high school
Brief description: Since 1970, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have more than doubled, and have even increased more than fifteenfold since the beginning of the last century. We humans are responsible for releasing an additional 32 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. This would fill around 1.6 billion hot air balloons. Some of it remains in the atmosphere and the earth heats up more and more. Carbon is one of the most important building blocks of life! In this workshop, you’ll use an interactive simulation to learn all about the carbon cycle and help Farmer Greg figure out why corn yields are so low this year. He hypothesizes it’s due to the effects of global warming from carbon emissions. Here you can learn more about the importance of the carbon cycle and the negative effects of human emissions on the environment so you can help Farmer Greg with his problem. Will you be able to find a sustainable solution to reduce carbon emissions without having to give up the modern lifestyle?
Required prior knowledge: None (interest in climate change and possibly basic English (intermediate level) are helpful).