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Climate Science in a Nutshell: You Can Make a Difference
http://www.planetnutshell.com/videos/climate-science-in-a-nutshell-11-you-can-make-a-difference

Planet Nutshell, Utah Education Network

This short video makes the case that rapid climate change affects the whole planet, but individuals can make a difference and make their carbon footprint smaller. Common suggestions are identified for young children to consciously consider what they can do.

Video length: 2:17 minutes.

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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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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

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 .
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.
Greenhouse gases affect energy flow through the Earth system.
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2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.
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Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .

Benchmarks for Science Literacy
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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

  • Suggest that this video be used as part of a larger discussion abut energy use/carbon footprint. Use as a motivating film to get kids thinking about ways they can make a difference in their own lives. Following the video, have students document ways in which energy is used in their homes and what they could do in their own homes, school, and community. For example, have them make short video clips of evidence of change in their schools.

About the Science

  • This short video describes components of a carbon footprint and some examples of how individuals can reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Comment from expert scientist: It's a consumer piece on simple energy efficiency measures to take at home. The recommendations are reasonable.

About the Pedagogy

  • Use as an introduction to get students to identify where they can make a difference themselves. Definitely geared toward a younger audience, but effective due to animation approach. Lacks teaching materials to effectively integrate video into curriculum.

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