Reforest The Tropics, Inc. (RTT) is a CT-based non-profit organization that works with schools to teach students about climate change. The approach to learning involves teaching students the somewhat grim realities of climate change, but offers practical steps that students can take to feel a part of the solution.
There are four basic ways to deal with global warming: energy efficiency, energy conservation, new sources of clean energy, and sequestration of CO2--which is accomplished by trees that hold units of CO2 until they are cut down or die. Working in the area of sequestration, Reforest the Tropics has developed a working model of the long-term sequestration of US CO2 emissions in sustainable tree-farm forests located in Costa Rica, where year-round temperatures are best for growing healthy trees.
As a part of the program, all participating schools receive science or math instruction with RTT staff or a local environmental group to achieve the following:
1) Learn how to calculate the CO2 emissions of your school and home in order to track our success in reducing these emissions. Student can do an in-class exercise each year to up-date their school's inventory.
2) Sponsor a forest on a farm in Costa Rica, a forest dedicated to offsetting 25 or more tonnes of CO2 each year in a long-term contract with the farmer. You can track the growth and sequestration in this forest through data and pictures taken by the RTT forester in Costa Rica and sent to your school's e-mail address.