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Our Changing Climate


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Type

  • Videos, 9 minutes, 36 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - West, South and Central America, California


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Our Global Water Crisis, Explained

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  • This video is about the global freshwater crisis and its relationship to climate change, explaining its effects on California and the Amazon.
  • Students learn about changes in the water cycle, droughts in California and the Amazon rainforest, statistics on water scarcity, and potential solutions to this crisis.
Teaching Tips


  • It offers many solutions including improved irrigation, cover cropping, agroforestry, pollution regulations, and water recycling.
  • It is divided into eight timestamped chapters that are linked in the description.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The content of the video ends at 8 minutes, 46 seconds and the remaining time is an outro.
  • Students should be familiar with certain terms including aquifers, agroforestry, deforestation, groundwater, and transpiration.


Scientist Notes
This 10-minute video presents issues related to water conservation and climate change, including California water management and drought, issues within the Amazon rainforest, and global water scarcity. Water scarcity and pollution is also discussed, and some solutions are presented. Citations are provided in small text on the bottom right corner of the screen, which need to be looked up from a list of resources linked in the video description. Although this takes additional effort to follow citations, this resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
    • 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-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
      • 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.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.4.6-8 Explain how cultural patterns and economic decisions influence environments and the daily lives of people in both nearby and distant places.
      • D2.Geo.4.9-12 Analyze relationships and interactions within and between human and physical systems to explain reciprocal influences that occur among them.
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