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.