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Climate Change: Making Choices that Make a Difference
http://www.colorado.edu/news/multimedia/climate-change-making-choices-make-difference

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This video features three faculty from the University of Colorado, Boulder (Beth Osnes, Max Boykoff and James White) and CU students taking action with others to help mitigate climate change at a local level - making personal decisions about energy use and family size, educating the university community about actions that individuals can take, and developing materials to build sustainable housing.

Video length is 10:31 min.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Humans can adapt to climate change by reducing their vulnerability to its impacts. Actions such as moving to higher ground to avoid rising sea levels, planting new crops that will thrive under new climate conditions, or using new building technologies represent adaptation strategies. Adaptation often requires financial investment in new or enhanced research, technology, and infrastructure.
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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

Decisions concerning the use of energy resources are made at many levels.
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5.1 Energy decisions are made at many levels.

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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

  • Nice conversation starter at the end of of a unit on climate change, to begin discussion about solutions and how to communicate the issue. Also some career pathway examples in the STEM fields. Video is on the long side - teacher may want to chunk it up for classroom use.

About the Science

  • An overview of how population growth, consumption of natural resources, and climate change are intertwined and what choices we can make as citizens to reduce our impact on our ecosystem. Also stresses the importance of educating people about climate change.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Features students and scientists discussing choices one can make to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Engagement aspect good - inspiring to see students appealing to students. But all students are Caucasian. May not appeal to diverse student bodies.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Excellent quality.

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