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Dreaming in Green - Young Voices on Climate Change
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Young Voices for the Planet

In this video from Young Voices for the Planet, four middle-school girls (The Green Team) talk about their efforts to work with their peers to reduce the carbon footprint of their school and how they made the school more energy efficient.

Video length: 6:25 min.

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Climate Literacy
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Humans may be able to mitigate climate change or lessen its severity by reducing greenhouse gas concentrations through processes that move carbon out of the atmosphere or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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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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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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Energy Literacy

Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.
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5.6 Environmental factors.
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Energy decisions are influenced by several factors.
One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.
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6.2 Conserving energy.
Behavior and design affect the amount of energy used by human society.
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6.6 Behavior and design.
Amount of energy used can be calculated and monitored.
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6.8 Calculating and monitoring energy use.
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Human use of energy.

Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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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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When selecting fuels, it is important to consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of each fuel.
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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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Notes From Our Reviewers The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Read what our review team had to say about this resource below or learn more about how CLEAN reviews teaching materials
Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Video can be used as a hook before teaching about energy efficiency, carbon footprints, or before an energy audit assignment is given to the students.
  • This is an example of an action project that involves mathematics, science and technology.

About the Science

  • Students present their actions to reduce the energy use of their school and show that in addition to saving money, their efforts also reduced the school's carbon footprint and gave the students a sense that they can personally make a difference in conserving energy and reducing waste.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Seeing peers do energy audits and engage in energy savings for their schools will engage other students; it directly shows how "kids have power".

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Video is well staged and produced for web use. It has closed-captioned text that can be turned on and off.

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Young Voices for the Planet: http://youngvoicesonclimatechange.com/

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