Protecting urban ecosystems maintains natural balances in the carbon cycle and reduces city contributions to climate change. Participants become salamanders and eat organisms that disrupt the carbon cycle in the forest’s leaf litter zone.
- Built Infrastructure
- Land Use
How to Get this Kit
If you would like to borrow a CUSP climate change education kit, contact Pat McShea at McSheaP@CarnegieMNH.org. Please make requests at least one week in advance. Loans may be scheduled up to two months in advance.
- What roles do plants and animals play in the carbon cycle?
- How do salamanders regulate carbon in Pittsburgh’s forest ecosystem?
Share how you used this kit with the CUSP team! Email us at LyonM@CarnegieMNH.org.
Salamanders play a mostly unrecognized role in the global carbon cycle by eating leaf-shredding invertebrates whose grazing releases carbon back into the atmosphere. Learn more: New York Times: Salamander’s Hefty Role in the Forest