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Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics, Engineering

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  • Videos, 4 minutes, 52 seconds, CC

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Cutting our Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Zero

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  • This video presents the essential strategy of addressing climate change through mitigation efforts like increasing energy efficiency, reducing energy waste, and increasing clean energy production.
  • The video provides a visual representation of annual coal emissions to help students grasp the scale of the problem and discusses the need for energy storage and distribution solutions.
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  • This video simplifies complex topics like climate mitigation and the clean energy transition.
  • The video uses a mix of data visualization, graphics, and expert interviews.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Although not mentioned in the video, it is essential to clarify the difference between reaching zero emissions versus net-zero emissions.
  • This resource requires access to the Internet.


  • For students who may prefer to read along, the resource includes a transcript of the video.
  • The video briefly mentions the importance of carbon sequestration, which the teacher can expand upon.
  • Have students consider the social, economic, and political reasons why the clean energy transition is not happening faster and brainstorm how these challenges can be overcome.
  • Use this other resource to provide a more in-depth look at clean energy technologies.
Scientist Notes
The resource talks about the benefits of renewable energy sources. It is a mitigation strategy to addressing climate change impacts. Although, there are a few drawbacks when it comes to scaling up, when compared with nonrenewable sources, this form of energy is becoming cheaper than fossil fuels. It is not only cost-effective but the best energy solution the world needs now. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
      • HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions
      • D4.1.9-12 Construct arguments using precise and knowledgeable claims, with evidence from multiple sources, while acknowledging counterclaims and evidentiary weaknesses.
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