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Videos and Lesson Plans


Videos and Lesson Plans

Share these videos with your school-aged children to promote environmental awareness and responsibility. Some also offer lesson plans from TED-Ed, which you can log in to see by registering for a free TED-ED account.

Kids take action against ocean plastic

Despite the vastness of Earth’s oceans, plastic pollutants are turning up everywhere, from the deep sea to the Arctic ice pack. In this short film from filmmaker Chris Hanson, 17 Hawaiian students study the impact of plastic pollution on their local beaches.

What really happens when you throw away plastic?

We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away? Emma Bryce traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles, shedding light on the dangers these disposables present to our world.

How do you know when water is safe to drink?

Water is refreshing, hydrating, and invaluable to your survival. But clean water remains a precious and often scarce commodity—there are nearly 800 million people who still don’t have regular access to it. Why is that? And how can you tell whether the water you have access to—whether from a tap or otherwise—is drinkable? Mia Nacamulli examines water contamination and treatment.

How do solar panels work?

The Earth intercepts a lot of solar power: 173,000 terawatts. That’s 10,000 times more power than the planet’s population uses. So is it possible that one day the world could be completely reliant on solar energy? Richard Komp examines how solar panels convert solar energy to electrical energy.

The Complicated Journey of Marine Plastic Pollution

Welcome to the Plastic Vagabond—a short film co-produced by Parafilms and Tara Expeditions with help from the Conservation Media Group that follows the journey of marine plastic pollution and encourages people to take action.

Charlie and Lola look after your planet (recycling)

Lola learns all about recycling, and doing things to save the planet. In a magazine, she and Charlie spot a competition to win a tree, if you recycle 100 things in each of four categories. Finding it difficult to complete this alone, they get their school involved. Lola is determined to recycle everything.

How great are the Great Lakes?

The North American Great Lakes—Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior—are so big that they border 8 states and contain 23 quadrillion liters of water. They span forest, grassland, and wetland habitats, supporting a region that’s home to 3,500 species. But how did such a vast and unique geological feature come to be? Cheri Dobbs and Jennifer Gabrys takes us all the way back to the Ice Age to find out.

Plastic pollution in the ocean:

Plastic pollution is poisoning our oceans, and it is not just a threat for the environment but for the entire ecosystem, including humans. Project made for Lund University, Master in “Environmental Management & Policy”.

Zero waste town:

Welcome to Kamikatzu, Japan, the zero-waste town.