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Science, Social Studies, Climate Action

Resource Type

  • Video, 2 minutes, 31 seconds

Regional Focus



YouTube Video

Food Waste

  • This short video resource displays text, images, and video clips describing the huge amount of greenhouse gases emitted from food waste. 
  • Students will learn about where, how, and why food waste causes greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Students will also learn the ways that we can help reduce food waste and also provide more food to people in need.
Teaching Tips


  • This video is short, but provides enough information to help students identify the scope of the problem and some great solutions currently available.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This video is easy to follow but it is not narrated, so you may need to pause it to provide enough time for all students to read along.


Scientist Notes

This resource explores the implication of food waste and how it increases methane and other greenhouse gas in the soil and atmosphere. This is a factor that accelerates climate change. Students can gain insights on how to curb food wastage. Recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • 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.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • 3-5-ETS1-2 Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
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  • This is a very powerful video! It is packed with information that really helps exhibit the extent of the food waste problem.
    5 months ago