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Earth Day 1970 - 2020: 50th Anniversary - Time Will Tell

American Museum of Natural History

Using real data, this animated video provides numerous facts comparing human behaviors and Earth characteristics related to climate change through time - from the first Earth Day in 1970, to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020.

This video is 5:28 mins

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Teaching Tips

  • This could be effectively used as an introduction to the topics of anthropogenic impact on climate change and becoming an agent of change for the future.
  • Teachers will need to provide students with context, structure and a guided lesson plan to effectively use this resource.
  • An instructor could also use this video to introduce careers that will exist in the future, but that don't yet exist, to address climate change.

About the Science

  • This video presents information on the following topics: population, meat consumption, flying, energy use, and production of "stuff."
  • It includes a great deal of current data from multiple scientific and governmental sources presented in an effective manner (16 high quality references).
  • The first three minutes show the negative impacts of anthropogenic effects on climate change and the final two minutes show positive impacts and encourage agency to affect change.
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths: It's a great, engaging video about various aspects of global change. A great intro to an environmental science/sustainability module or course.
    Suggestions: None.

About the Pedagogy

  • Provides a great deal of data in a high-quality, visually entertaining format.
  • This is an engaging and very informative animation but offers no instructional guidance.
  • Teachers will need to provide their own structure and lesson plan for a quality learning experience.
  • It can be a bit difficult to keep up with information presented before the video moves on to the next topic, but a transcript is available. Instructor could also pause the video or replay it.
  • The video could be used as a jumping off point to deeper discussions.
Entered the Collection: January 2022 Last Reviewed: July 2021

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