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I Live in the Midwest and Northern Great Plains - Does Climate Change Matter to Me?

Katharine Hayhoe, Global Weirding Series

This video features Katharine Hayhoe presenting a lively discussion of impacts that the Midwestern US is experiencing due to climate change. It steps through evidence for how climate change is affecting agriculture, tourism, drought and flood, water cycles and freshwater availability, the spread of invasive species and disease, as well as other topics.

Video length is 9:21 minutes.

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Teaching Tips

  • This is an excellent spring-board video for lessons. An instructor can break this video into specialized data sections to launch a myriad of activities - think of a web diagram with the video in the center.
  • Since there is so much data presented in this video, it would be good to show it full length at first and then repeat it, stopping and re-starting it, so the students could take accurate notes. By re-watching, re-starting and stopping it will also allow students sufficient time to process the information individually or begin a small group/whole group discussion.

About the Content

  • There is a high quantity and quality of data focusing on the effects of climate change in the US Midwest and Northern Great Plains in this mini-lecture style video. A rigorous amount of data is sourced/referenced throughout this video lecture.
  • Information in this video is drawn from the 2018 National Climate Assessment and more details about impacts can be found there. Teachers and students are encouraged to use that report for excellent information.
  • Comments from expert scientist:
  • Scientific strengths: Quickly outlines various case studies related to climate change backed up by quantitative value. This resource gives location-specific examples that affect us directly.

About the Pedagogy

  • In a video lecture-type format (with some cartoon animation); Dr. Katharine Hayhoe presents evidence of the effects of climate change in the US Midwest, Northern Great Plains, and Northern Rockies. This video presents a large amount of information in a non-intimidating way and would serve as an excellent mini-lecture or warm-up activity.
  • No prerequisite skills are required. The topics in the video could be used as a jumping-off point for students to research a particular sub-topic as a lesson enhancement, PBL project or interdisciplinary unit.
  • The data presented hits all science fields, mathematics, statistics, geography, economics, and urban development. This video will engage students, especially living in the Midwest or Northern Great Plains. No teacher's guide is required.
  • This video is part of a series of three videos focusing on different parts of the country, so teachers could use the video that is relevant to their students. It will help students understand how climate change will impact them directly or could lead to a discussion of what impacts students are seeing.
  • The cartoons and animations provide an engaging visualization of the concepts.
  • Katharine Hayhoe is an outstanding communicator who can connect with broad audiences. Many elements of effective communication are demonstrated here.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Youtube video format allows for subtitles and Spanish translations

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Entered the Collection: June 2019 Last Reviewed: June 2019

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