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Our Changing Climate


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Economics, Computer Science

Resource Type

  • Videos, 11 minutes, 26 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, Oceania, Africa


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The True Cost of Cryptocurrency

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  • In this video, Our Changing Climate explains what cryptocurrency is, the issues associated with it (specifically the huge amount of energy required to use it), the colonialism that may be a product of it, and possible solutions to make it more sustainable. 
  • The video provides a number of specific examples, graphs of global data, and highlights the current use of fossil fuels to provide the majority of the energy required. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video is well-researched and explains complicated concepts in a way that is easy to understand. 
  • The video is divided into chapters, which allows the viewer to skip to relevant sections.
  • The graphics and animations help with comprehension. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Some cryptocurrency jargon is used, including terms such as proof-of-work, proof-of-stake, and mining. 
  • Students should be familiar with Watt hours and the metric system. 
  • There may be an ad before the video, and there is a sponsored ad at the end that can be skipped. 


Scientist Notes
The resource introduces students to cryptocurrency and how it is increasing prospects for global inequality, fossil fuel consumption, and higher carbon footprints. This is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.1.9-12 Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of local, state, tribal, national, and international civic and political institutions.
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.15.9-12 Explain how current globalization trends and policies affect economic growth, labor markets, rights of citizens, the environment, and resource and income distribution in different nations.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.
      • 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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