About this Program

Decoding Carbon: A Climate Policy Quest explores how policy is used to build a low carbon future. Developed with support from Environment and Climate Change Canada, this program aims to empower youth to become informed and active citizens for tackling climate change.

Glossary of Terms

Program Objectives

  • Empower high school students to become informed and active citizens by developing their financial literacy, competencies, innovative mindsets and workplace skills
  • Equip educators in integrating climate change education across multiple subjects
  • Engage youth in demonstrating and applying their learning through creating their own policies and solutions for a low carbon future


  • Teachers, educators, and high school students



  • Grade 10 Social Studies - Globalization
  • Grade 11 Social Studies - Nationalism
  • Grade 10 Science


  • Grade 10 Science
  • Grade 12 Canadian and World Studies

British Columbia

  • Grade 10 - 12 Environmental Science
  • Grade 10 - 12 Science
  • Grade 10 Social Studies

Relevant topics

  • Climate change, climate science, policy, market demand and supply, government intervention, climate policy planning, stakeholder engagement, climate modeling, climate policy options, sustainable development, climate justice, Canadian climate policy.

Program Activities

Below are program activities grouped by topics. Feel free to do any of the resources on their own, or, bundle them together to take action and register for the Decoding Carbon Challenge.

What is Climate Change and How Does it Shape Our World?

Introduction to Climate Change Policy

Canada’s Role in Climate Policy

Designing a Climate Policy I

Designing a Climate Policy II - Simulation

Teacher Teacher Testimonials

Here’s what teachers are saying about Decoding Carbon.


Special thanks to the wonderful advisors and teacher testers who contributed to this project:

  • J.P. Jepp - President, Nexus Climate and Energy Solutions
  • Tim Kitchen - Assistant Principal, Crescent Heights High School Alberta
  • Dale Beugin - VP Research and Analysis, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices
  • Catherine Abreu - Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada
  • Dr. Peter Robinson - Former CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation
  • Dianne Zimmerman - Manager Environment, City of Mississauga
  • Diana Suzuki - Environmental Outreach Supervisor, City of Mississauga
  • Mihskakwan James Harper - MSc. Renewable Energy

Teacher Testers
  • Stephanie C. Buchan - Crescent Heights High School Alberta
  • Ryan Thompson - Newmarket High School Ontario
  • Dayna Margetts - Kelowna Secondary School British Columbia

Please note: all of our resources fall under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs creative commons license. Our learning resources can be downloaded and shared with proper credit but cannot be changed in any way or used commercially.