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Hot Mess, PBS


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


Science, Social Studies

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  • Videos, 4 minutes, 11 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Global, North America, United States


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The Best Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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  • This video gives individuals ways they can reduce their average carbon footprint along with the amount of carbon saved from each action. 
  • It covers several topics including transportation, food choice, and family planning. 
Teaching Tips


  • Students will feel empowered to make informed decisions to reduce their carbon footprint. 
  • The video is under five minutes and is able to provide context around multiple potential solutions to an individual's carbon emissions. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be able to compare units of mass like kilograms and metric tons. 
  • Students should already have a basic understanding of why we need to reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. 
  • There is an ad before the video.


  • Math classes can do word problems or comparison problems based on the carbon emissions of different personal actions students in the class will take. 
  • Biology and environmental science classes could use this video before lessons about the carbon cycle, ecological carrying capacity, or land use changes.
  • Students who are interested in learning more about their footprint can use the Footprint Calculator and if they want to learn more about solutions they can look into the Table of Solutions.
  • Lessons on this topic include Personal Action and How to Help Climate Change, Chapter 10.
Scientist Notes
This resource presents ways to reduce individual carbon footprints. It is important to know that collective actions can limit carbon emissions and reduce the impact of climate change. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • 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.
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
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