Eco-Activity #154: Create an eco-friendly map to get to school!

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Canadians buy more cars that emit the most carbon into our atmosphere per kilometre out of any country in the world! Crazy right? Transportation amounts for the second highest category of carbon emissions in Canada every year. A great way to 

lower your family’s carbon footprint is to find alternative ways to get around!

School is coming up soon, and you’re going to have to find a way to get there, so why not pick an eco-friendly method of travel to get to and from school?

For today’s eco-activity you’re going to create a map for a non-motorized route, or a carpool route, to your school and back!

You could use a bike, a scooter, a skateboard, or even your own two feet! Once you’ve picked your non-motorized travel method or your car-pool route follow the steps below to start creating a map of your new eco-friendly routes. 

You Will Need:

  • Four coloured pencils, crayons, or markers (use any four colours you want!)
  • One piece of paper per person in your family
  • A magnet to put your map up on the fridge!

Instructions:

  • Visit www.google.ca/maps and click directions. Enter your address and one of your favourite places to drive to. Select your travel method (by bike or by foot). How much longer does it take?
  • Take your paper, coloured pencils, crayons, or markers and draw a map of your non-motorized route. Use one colour for water, one colour for roads, one colour for your house, and one colour for your destination.
  • Create a legend for your map in the top left corner. What does each colour represent?
  • Label your map with street names.
  • Hang it up on your fridge when you’re done!