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Khaki Goes Green- Earth: The Operators' Manual
http://earththeoperatorsmanual.com/segment/8

Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions, Earth: The Operators' Manual

This video segment highlights how the U.S. military is the single largest user of energy in the nation, but it is also trying to reduce its carbon bootprint. Scenes taped at Fort Irwin and Camp Pendleton show the Army and Marines experimenting with wind and solar in order to reduce the number of fuel convoys that are vulnerable to attack.

Video length: 4:32 min.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

A combination of strategies is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The most immediate strategy is conservation of oil, gas, and coal, which we rely on as fuels for most of our transportation, heating, cooling, agriculture, and electricity. Short-term strategies involve switching from carbon-intensive to renewable energy sources, which also requires building new infrastructure for alternative energy sources. Long-term strategies involve innovative research and a fundamental change in the way humans use energy.
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Energy Literacy

National security is impacted by energy choices.
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7.2 National security.
The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
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Energy affects quality of life .
Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors.
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
Decisions concerning the use of energy resources are made at many levels.
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5.1 Energy decisions are made at many levels.
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Energy decisions are influenced by several factors.

Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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Energy from the sun (and the wind and water energy derived from it) is available indefinitely. Because the transfer of energy from these resources is weak and variable, systems are needed to collect and concentrate the energy.
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Industry, transportation, urban development, agriculture, and most other human activities are closely tied to the amount and kind of energy available. People in different parts of the world have different amounts and kinds of energy resources to use and use them for different purposes.
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About the Science

  • Video addresses the energy use of the military and introduces energy saving measures (biofuels, renewable energy sources) taken by the military.
  • Positive messaging and lots of information packed into this short video.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Great images and well-chosen interviews and examples.
  • Demonstrates how solar panels on tents, efficient LEDs, and water purification techniques can help save both lives and money.
  • Overall, the military has ambitious goals to increase energy independence.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Video is 508 compliant.
  • Technically well done and high quality.

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