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Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Video, 25 minutes, 53 seconds, CC
  • Data

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

Climate Solutions 101: Reducing Sources

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Synopsis
  • This video details the five main sources of greenhouse gases (electricity, food production, transportation, industry, and buildings) and offers many solutions for individuals and society to reduce or eliminate those greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Downloadable graphics, links to more information, and two related video discussions on climate change solutions for transportation and climate change initiatives in Brazil are also included below the video.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The video presents information in an easy to understand format that includes pie charts and other visual aids, many of which are included as downloadable graphics. 
  • The additional videos linked offer a global perspective on transportation and present a balanced view of how Brazil has succeeded and fallen short with climate change initiatives. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • The linked article, "Beef Rules", contains a single instance of a curse word, which some might find objectionable. 

Differentiation

  • The video is divided into five sections, making it easy to pause in between segments to check for understanding or to review concepts.
  • Science and art classes can use the solutions offered in the video to make public service announcement posters that can be posted in the school or in other public buildings. 
  • Advanced students can work in pairs or small groups to identify three solutions that individuals can adopt independently and three solutions that require government policy, regulation, or incentives and then discuss the results as a class.
  • Other similar resources include How to Change your Diet to Fight Climate Change, Green RevolutionUN Emissions Gap Report 2020Climate Solutions, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector.
Scientist Notes
This video resource gives a thorough presentation on the areas where we can decrease or completely remove carbon emissions. Most of the data comes directly from the IPCC reports. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS.ESS3.4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS.ETS1.1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
      • HS.ETS1.2 Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS.LS2.7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • Social Sciences
    • Geography (K-12)
      • HS.45 Identify and explain how political and economic power dynamics throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.
    • Social Science Analysis (K-12)
      • 6.27 Assess individual and collective capacities to take action to address local and regional issues, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
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