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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Economics

Resource Type

  • Videos, 8 minutes, 22 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus


Environmental Econ

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  • This video discusses the ways that economic tools can be used to help us achieve our environmental goals. 
  • Topics discussed include cap and trade policies, subsidies, incentives, interventions, and regulations. 
Teaching Tips


  • This helps students understand the complexity behind finding global solutions to climate change.
  • It focuses on using basic economic principles to help preserve the environment.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Economic terms and concepts in the video include the tragedy of the commons, negative externality, market failure, and cap-and-trade. 


  • Teachers could use this video as a basis for students to present or debate different economic solutions to climate change.
  • As the video states, many different approaches will be required to solve this global issue. Consider having students develop an economic solution presented in the video that incorporates conservation solutions and individual actions as well.
Scientist Notes
This resource provides in detail economic policies that can help government achieve net-zero carbon by 2050. It is insightful and recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.9-12 Analyze how incentives influence choices that may result in policies with a range of costs and benefits for different groups.
      • D2.Eco.3.9-12 Analyze the ways in which incentives influence what is produced and distributed in a market system.
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