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Take Aim At Climate Change
http://passporttoknowledge.com/polar-palooza/whatyoucando/taacc/

Polar Palooza.com

This music video features a rap song about some of the causes and effects of climate change with the goal of increasing awareness of climate change and how it will impact nature and humans. The website also includes links to short fact sheets with lyrics to the song that are annotated with the sources of the information in the lyrics.

Video length: 4 min.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Actions taken by individuals, communities, states, and countries all influence climate. Practices and policies followed in homes, schools, businesses, and governments can affect climate. Climate-related decisions made by one generation can provide opportunities as well as limit the range of possibilities open to the next generation. Steps toward reducing the impact of climate change may influence the present generation by providing other benefits such as improved public health infrastructure and sustainable built environments.
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Natural processes driving Earth’s long-term climate variability do not explain the rapid climate change observed in recent decades. The only explanation that is consistent with all available evidence is that human impacts are playing an increasing role in climate change. Future changes in climate may be rapid compared to historical changes.
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Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
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7.3 Environmental quality.
The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
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Energy affects quality of life .
Earth has finite energy resources.
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6.4 Earth has finite energy resources.
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Human use of energy.

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Human beings are part of the earth's ecosystems. Human activities can, deliberately or inadvertently, alter the equilibrium in ecosystems.
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Decisions to slow the depletion of energy resources can be made at many levels, from personal to national, and they always involve trade-offs involving economic costs and social values.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • The video offers potential inspiration for students to do their own videos about climate science and solutions.
  • Excellent use of media to reach general public on some general issues of climate change. Students of middle school level or early high school may respond best.
  • The informational screens have not been vetted by CLEAN for scientific accuracy.
  • Resources provided in the lyrics have not been vetted by CLEAN, but the songs are relatively general in nature, so this shouldn't be an issue to use this material in class.
  • The instructor might note that some of the resources cited in the lyrics document should be inspected for credibility.
  • Might be construed as "cheesy" by high school students, but is appropriate and may be well-received by elementary and middle school students.

About the Science

  • Produced through the NSF and NASA funded Polar Palooza project.
  • Advocating awareness and action to address climate change.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The information is pretty basic, therefore the strengths are basic as well. The link out to the Sea Level Rise Explorer has significant strength.

About the Pedagogy

  • The video uses a very unique form to inspire kids to learn more about climate change.
  • Various downloadable PDF files with the words of each climate rap song and links to additional resources explaining the lyrics are provided.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • There are a variety of platforms to download to.
  • The video is organized very uniquely.
  • The screen size is not adjustable.

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