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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
  • Science
    • 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.
  • Social Studies
    • Economics
      • SS.Econ1.a.m Predict the opportunity costs of various decisions and explain why the opportunity cost might differ from person to person or in different situations. Assess how limited resources (e.g., money, land, natural resources, workers, time) impact the choices of individuals, households, communities, businesses, and countries.
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