State Science Standards - North Carolina

Our Climate Our Future addresses the following science standards prescribed by the state of North Carolina.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Essential Standards Biology

  • Bio.2.1.1 Analyze the flow of energy and cycling of matter (water, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen) through ecosystems relating the significance of each to maintaining the health and sustainability of an ecosystem.

  • Bio.2.2 Understand the impact of human activities on the environment (one generation affects the next).

  • Bio.2.2.1 Infer how human activities (including population growth, pollution, global warming, burning of fossil fuels, habitat destruction and introduction of nonnative species) may impact the environment.
  • Bio.2.2.2 Explain how the use, protection and conservation of natural resources by humans impact the environment from one generation to the next.

Essential Standards Earth/Environmental Science

  • EEn.1.1 Explain the Earth’s role as a body in space.
  • EEn.1.1.2 Explain how the Earth’s rotation and revolution about the Sun affect its shape and is related to seasons and tides.
  • EEn.1.1.3 Explain how the sun produces energy which is transferred to the Earth by radiation.
  • EEn.1.1.4 Explain how incoming solar energy makes life possible on Earth.
  • EEn.2.2 Understand how human influences impact the lithosphere.
  • EEn.2.2.1 Explain the consequences of human activities on the lithosphere (such as mining, deforestation, agriculture, overgrazing, urbanization, and land use) past and present.
  • EEn.2.2.2 Compare the various methods humans use to acquire traditional energy sources (such as peat, coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear fission, and wood).
  • EEn.2.5 Understand the structure of and processes within our atmosphere.
  • EEn.2.5.1 Summarize the structure and composition of our atmosphere.
  • EEn.2.5.5 Explain how human activities affect air quality.
  • EEn.2.6 Analyze patterns of global climate change over time.
  • EEn.2.6.1 Differentiate between weather and climate.
  • EEn.2.6.2 Explain changes in global climate due to natural processes.
  • EEn.2.6.3 Analyze the impacts that human activities have on global climate change (such as burning hydrocarbons, greenhouse effect, and deforestation).
  • EEn.2.6.4 Attribute changes in Earth systems to global climate change (temperature change, changes in pH of ocean, sea level changes, etc.).
  • EEn.2.7 Explain how the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere individually and collectively affect the biosphere.
  • EEn.2.7.3 Explain how human activities impact the biosphere.
  • EEn.2.8 Evaluate human behaviors in terms of how likely they are to ensure the ability to live sustainably on Earth.
  • EEn.2.8.1 Evaluate alternative energy technologies for use in North Carolina.
  • EEn.2.8.4 Evaluate the concept of “reduce, reuse, recycle” in terms of impact on natural resources.