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Climate change poses one of the greatest challenges to the future of the planet. In this module, students learn about possibilities for carbon sequestration as a means of combatting climate change. Students gain understanding of the scientific processes of carbon sequestration through reforestation and through mineralisation, including how to calculate amounts of carbon sequestered and compare to amounts of CO2 emissions.
Because of the importance of climate change to the future, the module addresses and works with the future to build students‘ imagination of possibilities and alternative future scenarios. The module uses examples from cutting edge research and interviews with researchers to expose students to real, empowering future possibilities for themselves and the world. Agency and action competence activities task students with applying critical, creative thinking to design strategies for influencing systems and to imagine their role in a desirable future.
The duration of the full module is ca. 20 teaching hours, but the activities can be taken individually as well. The module is transdisciplinary and can be taught in geology, biology and chemistry and it relates to social sciences and arts.
The module was developed and piloted in Iceland from 2017 to 2019 at Hamrahlíð College in collaboration with Landvernd, the Icelandic Environment Association, and with expert contributions from Sandra Ósk Snæbjörnsdóttir of Reykjavík Energy and Brynhildur Bjarnadóttir of the University of Akureyri.