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

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Washington


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Why I'm Living Without a Car

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  • In this fun and inspiring video, Seattle resident Umbra tells her story of when she decided to sell her car and go car-free. 
  • Students learn about the financial and environmental impact of car ownership and learn about alternative modes of transportation. 
Teaching Tips


  • Additional sources are provided in the description of the video.
  • It shows how one person's decision can impact the environment and inspire others.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There is a Google Sheet in the description that students and/or families can adapt to weigh the costs and benefits of owning a car.


  • Students in math class could calculate the fixed and continuing costs of owning a car vs. owning an e-bicycle.
  • Support group: The teacher could pause the video to discuss each part and check students' understanding.
  • Extension group: Students could make a similar video and discuss the benefits of public transportation in detail.
  • This video could be used in a discussion about alternative modes of transportation to reduce CO2 emissions.
Scientist Notes
This 4-minute video uses one person's decision to go carless to explore the impact (both financial and environmental) of car use. Alternative transportation options and lifestyle choices are presented. This is a short, clear resource with sources provided in the video description. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • 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.
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • Social Studies
    • Economics
      • SS.Econ1.a.3 Use economic reasoning to compare and contrast the costs and benefits of a decision. Categorize different limited resources (e.g., money, materials, time, labor or workers, land, natural resources, renewable or nonrenewable).
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog5.a.h Analyze the intentional and unintentional spatial consequences of human actions on the environment at the local, state, tribal, regional, country, and world levels.
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