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Can Trees Undo Climate Change?

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  • This video explores the effects of planting trees in relation to climate change.
  • Students learn the process of carbon sequestration and how best to plant trees to help the environment.

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  • Beautiful graphics and straightforward information.
  • Highlights the need for coordinating with local communities in reforestation projects to promote social sustainability.
  • It discusses three necessary steps for proper tree planting.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have an understanding of climate change.
  • Students should be familiar with terms like carbon dioxide, gigatonnes, terrestrial life and biodiversity.


  • Teachers can show 1:20-2:03 of this video to teach 3rd-5th graders about carbon sequestration.
  • The section from 2:30-3:52 that outlines how to properly plant trees could be used in a class discussion with 6th-8th graders.
  • Teachers could also use section from 3:52-4:21 to explain the importance of forest preservation.
  • Click here for a time-lapse video of Earth’s forests.
  • Click here for an StC lesson plan for more solutions to climate change.
Scientist Notes
The resource provides a thought-out and well-coordinated approach to tree planting to sequester CO2. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • MS-LS1-6 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
      • 5-LS1-1 Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.
  • 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.
      • D4.7.3-5 Explain different strategies and approaches students and others could take in working alone and together to address local, regional, and global problems, and predict possible results of their actions.
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