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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, History

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  • Videos, 12 minutes, 19 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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The Anthropocene and the Near Future

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  • This video describes how drastically things have changed on Earth over the last 100 years, the complicated problems we currently face, and what the term Anthropocene means.
  • It discusses a variety of topics including fossil fuel use, agriculture, technology, and human population growth.
Teaching Tips


  • This helps explain the complex and multifaceted solutions required to address the many global issues we face today.
  • It discusses computing power, increasing complexity, the dark side of innovation, and atomic fission.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may be beneficial to pause the video to emphasize certain points or to check for understanding between topics.


  • This is a great video to incorporate into science classes, social studies classes, or history classes because it discusses the environmental, social, and historical aspects of the global problems we currently face.
  • Advanced students could discuss topics such as ecological carrying capacity, quality of life metrics, ethics regarding species extinctions, and "hoping" for a technological innovation to save us.
  • Other resources on this topic include A Good Life for All Within Planetary Boundaries, Biodiversity and Humans, and this Table of Solutions to climate change.
Scientist Notes
The video illustrates the Anthropocene, the increased complexity and interconnectedness of human, evolution, energy transition, population growth, and technological advancement. This resource is insightful and recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-1 Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: History
      • D2.His.2.9-12 Analyze change and continuity in historical eras.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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