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Climate Science in a Nutshell: 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.

Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»

ngssSee how this Video supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • This video can be used as part of a larger discussion abut energy use and 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.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

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