Academic journal article Science and Children

How Carbon Footprints Work

Academic journal article Science and Children

How Carbon Footprints Work

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By Nick Hunter. $26.60. 32 pp. Gareth Stevens Publishing. New York. 2014. ISBN: 9781433995521.

Footprints are a mark of where you have been, but ones that you can see are not the only ways to tell where you have left a mark. You leave an invisible footprint with most everything that you do. So if it is invisible, how do we know what mark we leave? It is a car-bon footprint that is the measurement of how much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are released by our actions. So why is this fact important to know? This is an important question for us to wonder about and find an answer to.

This children's book helps to answer that question. With engaging photos on every page, the text arranged is in short passages around photos. The layout is visually appealing and makes the information and answers about how a carbon footprint works easier for students to grasp. There are 13 concepts that each have a two-page spread for the description and explanation. At the beginning of each concept there is a brief explanation of the concept that appears in green to highlight the definition and facts. These concepts include how to calculate your carbon footprint, the carbon footprint of the world, your carbon footprint at home, what low-carbon shopping is, and car-bon trading as well as offsetting. …

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