Climate Change Basics
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Video length is 2:47 min.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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- This video is a useful introduction to climate change, as it is short and to the point. It could be used as a great jumping-off point for a unit or discussion on climate change's many different aspects such as causes, signs and indicators, impacts and effects, solutions. It could also be a jump-off point for a carbon footprint activity.
- A transcript is provided to assist the educator ahead of time to coordinate the contents of this video with other instructional materials that would have to be supplemented.
- The video may be too simplified for certain audiences, as, for instance, it identifies only carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. Though all of the information is valid, it presents a very simplified picture of climate change.
About the Science
- Comments from expert scientist: Video is a basic overview of anthropogenically-forced climate change. Easily digestible by non-scientists. Generally, video presents standard expected impacts of anthropogenic climate change, without describing them in detail or mechanistically, or discussing their uncertainty.
About the Pedagogy
- The pedagogy of the video is well thought out as the video has a straight-forward narrative, starting with the science of causes, effects, and prevention of climate change.