Explore how much carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) your eucalypt and pine trees have offset so far in their lifetime by measuring a tree at chest height with the ForestLearning Carbon Storage Tape Measure.
This tape measure has been developed by Forest Learning in partnership with CSIRO using their scientific data on tree carbon storage, and Lifecycle’s analysis of of average everyday products and energy use.
How to make your Carbon Storage Tape Measure:
STEP 1 Print this page out at actual size on either an A3 sheet or A4 sheet. IMPORTANT PRINTING NOTE: To print at the correct scale, set all printer outputs to 100% (not the default 'scale to fit'). Measure the print out against a standard ruler for accuracy.
STEP 2 Cut out all 7 sections along the dotted lines.
STEP 3 Glue, staple or tape the sections together as shown. The finished tape measure should be 200cm long x 2.5cm high
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The human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability.
The application of environmental economic and social criteria in evaluating management responses to the change
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Carbon Storage Tape Measure Suggested Acitivites for the classroom
This resource suggests classroom and practical activities that utilise the ForestLearning Tree Carbon Tape Measure.
Activity One provides a lesson plan incorporating the Tape Measure’s use within the classroom/home/field and a sample table for data collection during the lesson. The other suggested activities contain brief ideas for using the Tape Measure within lessons related to tree growth and carbon storage and can be adapted for use across several year levels.