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Resource Language:

English

Regional Focus

Global

"Dear Future Generations: Sorry"

Author: Prince EA
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, English Language Arts, Art, Justice, Climate Action
Format: YouTube Video
Resource Types:
  • Video, 6 minutes, 2 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Artwork
Synopsis
  • This powerful video is an apology to future generations for what we are doing to our planet. 
  • The video fosters a sense of connection to the Earth family, offers a way to hold out our hands in solidarity for the protection of our beautiful planet, and inspires others to take charge. 
  • Activist and artist Prince EA released this video on Earth Day in 2015 to support the Stand for Trees campaign. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video highlights deforestation and shares the simple fact that ending deforestation is one of the best solutions to addressing climate change.
  • The purpose of the video is to raise awareness about the alarming rates of deforestation and the large-scale destruction of our environment.
  • His message is a wake-up call that may inspire action.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the terms deforestation and climate change.

Differentiation

  • Students can be divided into groups to work on a project where they design a model, solution, or strategic plan for one of the environmental threats mentioned in the video.
  • Working in groups, students can look at plans by governments, NGOs, and individual citizens to see how these groups are addressing environmental threats.
  • Ask students to write down what inspires them most in this video and then write a reflection paper about it.
  • Ask visual learners to create a graphic organizer or concept map that explains this video. 
Scientist Notes

The resource provides evidence of deforestation and anthropogenic activities causing climate change. The storytelling is empathic and suitable to gear-up students to take urgent climate action. However, the resource has no concrete data on the claims of about 50 football fields being lost from deforestation in the Amazon forest and also about Fox News denying climate change. Educators should note this. Hence, the resource is recommended for teaching.

Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
      • 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.
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