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Rutgers Climate Institute


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Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering

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  • Videos, 3 minutes, 15 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey


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How Can We Respond to Climate Change?

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  • This video discusses the actions that can be taken to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and some possible actions to adapt to the effects of climate change.
  • The video highlights the need for mitigation and adaptation in the state of New Jersey and around the world.
Teaching Tips


  • This video provides students with ideas about how they can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through energy conservation. 
  • It also identifies many nature-based and engineering solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a basic understanding of the causes of climate change and should be familiar with terms such as climate change, carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases, mitigation, and adaptation. 


  • The video can be included in a choice board as an option for students to complete as an extension activity.
  • Students can use this interactive household energy resource along with this video to come up with daily actions that their families can take to reduce their individual emissions and ecological footprint on the environment.
  • This video can be used in conjunction with this course by Climate Science on adaptation and this other video about what's at stake in New Jersey.
Scientist Notes
The video highlights the importance of climate adaptation and the mitigation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by adopting biodiversity conservation, tree planting (to sink CO2), transitioning to clean and renewable energy, etc. These solutions appear to be a concrete response to climate change and the resource is 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.
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
    • 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.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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