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Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Video, 2 minutes, 17 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, USA - South, USA - Midwest, USA - Northeast, New Jersey, Central Jersey, North Jersey, South and Central America, Caribbean, Oceania, Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East

Picturing Our Future

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  • This resource provides split-screen interactive photos of landmarks around the globe. Students can move a glider across the photo to show what the landmark looks like now and what it will look like if carbon emissions are not cut and temperatures continue to rise.
  • Students will learn that sea level rise will cause serious flooding around the world.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource gives students an alarming picture of how specific places will change at different warming levels. 
  • There are many landmarks and cities around the world included; most students will be able to find a place to which they feel connected. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have some background knowledge on global warming.


  • This resource would work equally well in science or social studies classes. Students can consider the climate change implications for each photo or what governments can and should do to try to keep warming to the 1.5o outlined in the resource.
  • After introducing the resource, have students pick a location and explore. Have them report out to a partner or group about the changes to their location at different temperatures. 
  • As an extension, consider having students choose a location not included in the resource and calculate water levels at different temperatures. 
  • Other related resources include this video about sea level rise, this video about rising seas in Massachusetts, and this activity about the impacts of sea level rise. 
Scientist Notes
The resource points to strategic measures major countries have adopted to achieve carbon neutrality and mitigate the impact of sea level rise, the photographs are very inspiring and the risk map is also suitable for students to explore cities that will most likely be submerged to sea level rise and climate change impact in the future. This resource is ideal for the classroom.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 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.
      • 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.12.3-5 Explain how natural and human-made catastrophic events in one place affect people living in other places.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.6-8 Draw on multiple disciplinary lenses to analyze how a specific problem can manifest itself at local, regional, and global levels over time, identifying its characteristics and causes, and the challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address the problem.
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