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Adapting to climate change

The Economist

This video uses Bangladesh as a case study by describing climate change adaptation strategies being implemented in Bangladeshi communities as well as in other countries.

Video length: 6:05

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Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea
High School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas

Climate Literacy
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Strategies of human adaptation to climate change
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Actions taken by different levels of society can mitigate climate change and increase preparedness for current and future generations
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Effects of climate change on water cycle and freshwater availability
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Ecosystems on land and in the ocean have been and will continue to be disturbed by climate change
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Human health and well-being will be affected to different degrees from the impacts from climate change
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Teaching Tips

  • This video would be good as an introduction to a design process or engineering PBL, especially focusing on the adaptations needed in order to remain economically viable in a given region.

About the Science

  • Video addresses Bangladesh's vulnerability to climate change, especially flooding, cyclones, and drought, and how communities are adapting.
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths:
    Excellent video showcasing that even though we don't all feel the effects of climate change in the US, there are countries around the world who are truly affected on a day to day basis - challenging their survival.
    - Explains geographically, how Bangladesh is susceptible to flooding
    - Describes Bangladesh's adaptations of: aquaculture (switching to farming crabs with salt water), drinking water (installing desalination plants and rainwater harvesting systems), and agriculture (growing pumpkins because they are more resilient then other crops)
    - Explains that climate change adaptation is possible, but is very difficult with the rate at which climate change is occurring

About the Pedagogy

  • Video describes specific strategies to adapt to changing environmental conditions and shows the human side of this aspect of climate change by centering on Bangladesh -- a poor, coastal country that is especially vulnerable to impacts of climate change.
  • Helpful to show social and economic adaptation strategies in response to climate changes.
  • Could be used as an ethics lesson since some of the people are purposely flooding the land with saltwater so they can raise more shrimp but, in the process, are further impairing the groundwater.
  • Shows that climate impacts are happening now and are everywhere, not just in polar regions.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Visual quality good, even in full-screen mode.
  • A related article accompanies the video.

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Also available from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWG_uzLmuug

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:

Middle School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1

MS-ESS3.A1:Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. These resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3

HS-ESS3.C1:The sustainability of human societies and the biodiversity that supports them requires responsible management of natural resources.

HS-ESS3.C2:Scientists and engineers can make major contributions by developing technologies that produce less pollution and waste and that preclude ecosystem degradation.

HS-ETS1.A2:Humanity faces major global challenges today, such as the need for supplies of clean water and food or for energy sources that minimize pollution, which can be addressed through engineering. These global challenges also may have manifestations in local communities

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