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Author

Ecosia

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Economics

Resource Type

  • Videos, 4 minutes, 12 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

3 Ways to Help the Environment

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Synopsis
  • This Ecosia video discusses three ways (that are free and that each of us can do) to build more sustainable societies and help solve the climate crisis.
  • Students will learn that we can switch to green energy providers, invest our money in ethical banks or credit unions, and adopt more plant-based diets to help create structural and systemic change.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource shows the importance of systemic and structural change while facing the climate crisis.
  • In the description below the video, there are linked reports to know more about plant-based diets and some recommendations for ethical banks.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the following concepts: renewable energy, fossil fuel industry, animal cruelty, greenhouse gases, carbon footprint.

Differentiation

  • For a "support group", the teacher could pause the video at each solution and check students' understanding.
  • The teacher could create a concept map for the new terms introduced in this video and explain the meaning of each term.
  • The teacher could explain in detail the meaning of the terms "structural change" and " systemic change".
  • Students could conduct research on ethical banking using a case study of an ethical bank or association.
  • The teacher could ask students to work in groups and prepare a presentation about sustainable diets. 
  • Other recommended resources: Climate Solutions 101: Making It All Happen, Lab 8: Slowing Down An Amplifying Greenhouse Effect.
Scientist Notes
The resource describes the importance of structural change to avert the climate crisis. It discusses three tips: transitioning to green energy, ethical banking or investing, and switching to plant-based diets. These are solutions that are validated by scientists and this resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.6-8 Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
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