This video describes how drastically things have changed on Earth over the last 100 years, the complicated problems we currently face, and what the term Anthropocene means.
It discusses a variety of topics including fossil fuel use, agriculture, technology, and human population growth.
This helps explain the complex and multifaceted solutions required to address the many global issues we face today.
It discusses computing power, increasing complexity, the dark side of innovation, and atomic fission.
It may be beneficial to pause the video to emphasize certain points or to check for understanding between topics.
This is a great video to incorporate into science classes, social studies classes, or history classes because it discusses the environmental, social, and historical aspects of the global problems we currently face.
Advanced students could discuss topics such as ecological carrying capacity, quality of life metrics, ethics regarding species extinctions, and "hoping" for a technological innovation to save us.
The video illustrates the Anthropocene, the increased complexity and interconnectedness of human, evolution, energy transition, population growth, and technological advancement. This resource is insightful and recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
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.
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 2: History
D2.His.1.6-8 Analyze connections among events and developments in broader historical contexts.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
Speaking & Listening (K-12)
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.