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We've Ignored Climate Change for More Than a Century

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  • This video presents a succinct history of climate science over the last 200 years.
  • The video explains multiple reasons why humans find it difficult to act on climate change.
Teaching Tips


  • The video incorporates music, imagery, and text to ensure student engagement. 
  • The video poses ideas that could be used as interesting discussion points.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There is an advertisement at the end of the video. The content finishes at 4 minutes, 38 seconds. 
  • Students will benefit from understanding the term climate change before watching the video. 


Scientist Notes
It is well known in academic circles that scientists have understood the physics behind climate change for more than a century. This resource video from PBS explores how long we've known, and why it is difficult for people to take action. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
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