This video outlines a four-step process to solving global crises, including understanding the problem, implementing a scientific plan, getting global leaders to cooperate, and using luck.
Students will learn how the plan was used in the past to repair the hole in the ozone layer and eradicate smallpox.
The video provides a general framework for solving any global crisis.
It acknowledges that despite modern advanced science, current global problems (e.g., climate change, nuclear war, pandemics, and disloyal AI) may be difficult to solve due to divisive politics.
It includes a brief article with linked resources for further reading.
The content for this video ends at 3 minutes, 29 seconds. The remaining time is a sponsored ad.
Students can identify a current global issue they want to solve and write in detail about the four steps to solve the problem.
Students in civics classes can research the Montreal Protocol and evaluate the similarities and differences to modern attempts at solving the climate crisis.
Students in writing classes can write opinion pieces on how big of a role luck plays in solving global issues.
Other resources related to this topic include this lesson on analyzing the best solution to climate change and this game that explores potential solutions to climate change.
This video, while at times offering hyperbolic statements, does articulate the science behind fixing the ozone hole and the eradication of smallpox accurately. This 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.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 2: Civics
D2.Civ.13.3-5 Explain how policies are developed to address public problems.
Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
D4.6.3-5 Draw on disciplinary concepts to explain the challenges people have faced and opportunities they have created, in addressing local, regional, and global problems at various times and places.
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.