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Weather Girl Goes Rogue

Deep Rogue Ram, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

This humorous video suggests what might happen if a weather forecaster reported the weather in the context of climate change. There is a sharp contrast between the anchor focusing on short-term local concerns and the weather forecaster describing what is happening on a long-term global basis.

Video length is 2:44 min.

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Teaching Tips

  • Educators could ask students to discuss the differing perspectives of the anchor and weather forecaster, and the scientific evidence for the long-term global view.
  • Video could be used to add a bit of levity at some point near the end of a climate change unit. It does summarize some good, and current, information.
  • Could be used as a model from which students could be assigned to create their own video about climate change.

About the Science

  • Science (rising temperatures) is exaggerated in this video, but appropriately for the message and nature of the resource.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Represents some basic stats of recent climate change in a humorous way. Not a primary piece of educational curriculum, but would be a funny break between lessons.

About the Pedagogy

  • No background material or teacher's guide is provided. Since it takes a satirical view of the subject, it would be best used after a more serious examination of the issues with students who will understand the satire.
  • May be more suitable for more mature students, high school and up.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The video is in HD and is suitable for classroom projection.

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