The power of knowledge; How a daily prompt can reduce caorbon dioxide emissions
Ruby boyd
Prince of Wales Secondary
Floor Location : J 024 V

In my science fair project I measured 15 participants carbon emissions over a couple categories. The object of this experiment was to find out if giving students daily feedback explaining how much their choices impacted the melting of arctic ice, or how much ice they had melted that day. To accomplish this I sent out a survey everyday asking participants to give me data about their screen time, as well as the method of transportation they took to and from school. I then calculated the participant’s data using a variety of different online CO2 calculators, and I sent out an email to half the participants detailing how much arctic ice they had melted, as well as how that would add up over several years, complete with a video and graphs. Over the course of the week the group who was given daily feedback showed a significant decrease in their carbon emissions, with a drop of 28.5 percent, where as the group without daily emails showed an increase of 27 percent. This data would suggest that when given feedback on the environmentally linked consequences of their actions, students will make an effort to decrease their carbon emissions, and make more eco friendly desicions.