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Plant for the Planet
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Young Voices on Climate Change

This video describes the foundation Plant for the Planet, a foundation created by a 9-year-old German boy, Felix. This foundation has planted more than 500,000 trees in Germany, which he says help sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The student rallies, first his community and then other children, to plant millions of trees to offset our energy-use emissions.

Video length 5:38 min.

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Climate Literacy
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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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The abundance of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is controlled by biogeochemical cycles that continually move these components between their ocean, land, life, and atmosphere reservoirs. The abundance of carbon in the atmosphere is reduced through seafloor accumulation of marine sediments and accumulation of plant biomass and is increased through deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels as well as through other processes.
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Human activities have affected the land, oceans, and atmosphere, and these changes have altered global climate patterns. Burning fossil fuels, releasing chemicals into the atmosphere, reducing the amount of forest cover, and rapid expansion of farming, development, and industrial activities are releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and changing the balance of the climate system.
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Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
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7.3 Environmental quality.
Access to energy resources affects quality of life.
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7.5 Access to energy affects quality of life.
The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
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Energy affects quality of life .

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Human activities, such as reducing the amount of forest cover, increasing the amount and variety of chemicals released into the atmosphere, and intensive farming, have changed the earth's land, oceans, and atmosphere. Some of these changes have decreased the capacity of the environment to support some life forms.
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The decisions of one generation both provide and limit the range of possibilities open to the next generation.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Plant for the Planet program could be used within a classroom to inspire students to make changes by witnessing what other students are doing around the world. Oftentimes individuals don't know what to do to help make a difference.
  • Teachers could utilize this video in a motivational context or as an example of ways in which individuals can make a difference in organizing community projects.

About the Science

  • Through this video, students can witness other students making a difference and actively addressing climate issues. Planting trees may or may not be an effective carbon sequestration strategy - science seems to be changing on this.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Talks about "climate justice" - the idea that each person on the planet only has the "right" to pollute the Earth with 2 tons of CO2 each year.
  • Briefly brings in data that highlights current US and European CO2 emissions annually, which is far above the 2 tons cited.
  • Presents the idea that every person is responsible for contributing to climate change, some more than others.
  • Demonstrates that there are solutions to climate change and "children can do something."
  • A link to Felix's foundation is provided.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Videos are easily used in classrooms.

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