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Authors

Gen-Z Media, Earth Rangers

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Podcasts, 33 minutes, 20 seconds

Regional Focus

Global

It's the Final Meltdown

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Synopsis
  • This podcast episode discusses that climate change is not a new problem, why some people do not believe it is happening, and what can be done about climate change now. 
  • Included in the episode are conversations with Nathaniel Rich and Greg Slater, whose differing areas of expertise add layers of understanding to the resource. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource is a fun and engaging way to learn about some of the history of climate science.
  • The guests on this episode add great insights to the topics covered and will provide students with a nuanced understanding.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have some awareness that some people do not believe the climate is changing or that the changes are natural. 

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in language arts classes working on media literacy, non-fiction research, or debates.
  • This resource would make an excellent introductory piece for students working on how to speak to people who don't believe the climate is changing. Paired with other resources, like The Debunking Handbook, or International Public Opinion on Climate Change, it would make a great guide for having these conversations. 
  • History and social studies students can research the Kyoto Protocol, this documentary, and media coverage from the 1980s - 2000s to gain perspective about the lack of bold climate action in the past and what we can learn from this to ensure mitigation and adaptation strategies are enacted.
Scientist Notes
Scientists have known about global warming, the greenhouse effect, and how carbon dioxide plays a role for over 120 years. In fact, it was first written about in the 1890s. This podcast episode explores why it has taken humanity so long to listen. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 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.
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • English Language Arts
    • Language (K-12)
      • L.KL.9–10.2 Apply knowledge of language to make effective choices for meaning, or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading, writing, speaking or listening.
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.ES.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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