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Carbon Cycle Regulation by Carbon Sequestration


As a High School or introductory Undergraduate Environmental Sciences or Chemistry or Earth Sciences teacher, you can use this lesson plan to teach your students about Earth’s carbon cycle, its role in Earth’s climate, its irregularities due to anthropogenic activities, and its regulation by carbon sequestration.

In this lesson plan, students will learn about the various components and processes involved in Earth’s carbon cycle and its influence on Earth’s climate. This lesson plan will enable students to learn through interactive exercises how disturbances in the carbon cycle due to human activities have contributed towards global warming and climate change. Through this lesson plan your students will also learn about processes of carbon sequestration to regulate the disturbed carbon cycle and its role in climate mitigation and adaptation.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Environmental Sciences or Chemistry or Earth Sciences.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Learn about the components and processes involved in Earth’s natural carbon cycle
  2. Discuss how human activities in recent times have affected the carbon cycle
  3. Describe the natural sources and sinks of carbon on Earth
  4. Discuss carbon sequestration through carbon capture and storage technologies
  5. Explain the importance of carbon sequestration for climate mitigation

Lesson plan developed with contribution from Gargi Khandelwal, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India.

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