How Do You Teach Children About Embedded Carbon Emissions?

Chloe Meineck, a 3D designer and recent graduate from Brighton University, is interested in undertaking challenging topical issues. She works through educational groups and workshops and believes if things are physical and interactive, facts and figures are easier to understand.

One such challenge that Chloe recently took on was how to teach children about embedded carbon emissions? There’s a disconnect between the presentation of endless data, numbers and statistics and the effect that these will have on the environment.

Carbon emissions are hard to relate to, as they’re invisible. Chloe’s solution was to create models of food that children can pick up and compare. Each is a different weight and the heavier it is the greater the embedded carbon emission.

In calculating the weight the statistics take into consideration transport, growing efficiency, livestock needed in the process, fertilisers normally used in production and many more factors.

The food is made from fibreglass and jesmonite, filled with lead to add the weight and the surprising thing is, it’s not the food types you expect that are the heaviest. The orange and banana are positively lightweight.