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Our Changing Climate


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


Science, Social Studies, Economics, Civics

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  • Videos, 13 minutes, 2 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Why "Net Zero" Emissions Targets Are a Scam

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  • This video from Our Changing Climate breaks down what "net zero" emissions targets are and how some companies or countries may take advantage of this term.
  • The video also talks about the negatives of using future technologies (that haven't been developed or tested at scale) and carbon offsetting (which may come with side effects, like green colonialism) to continue "business as usual". 
Teaching Tips


  • This video is broken into sections using timestamps, so it is easy to skip around and tailor the video to a relevant class discussion. 
  • The video breaks down complicated concepts into easy-to-understand content.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There may be an ad before or during the video, and there is a sponsorship at the end that starts at 10 minutes, 28 seconds. 
  • Students should know what the Paris Agreement is.
  • Students should be comfortable interpreting percentages. 


Scientist Notes
Achieving net-zero by 2050 appears to be unrealistic. This resource spotlights clear cases on the disconnections, political trickery, and controversies by several governments, multi-national corporations, and industries towards achieving a well thought-out, tangible, and realistic implementation plan for a net-zero and carbon neutral world. There is no contradiction and thus, this resource is recommended for teaching.
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