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This video uses a series of simple graphics to trace our dependence on fossil fuels from coal and the Industrial Revolution to our current (according to the authors) situation, characterized by increasing population and industrialism, leading to increased consumption, increased CO2 production and a dangerous deterioration in the natural environment.
It concludes with a recipe for ending this roller coaster of unsustainable development that involves limiting population growth, ending our dependence on fossil fuels and righting our environmental legacy.
This is an interesting, but debatable, short history of the consequences of fossil fuels from the Industrial Revolution to the present. Students should approach it as representing a particular perspective with assumptions and claims that should be subjected to critical analysis. As such, it offers an opportunity to practice the skills associated with critical analysis- who's views are represented here?, is this a balanced report?, who's perspective is missing?, where is the line between fact and onion with respect to the information provided? how sophisticated is the analysis provided?, does the analysis recognize the complexity of the issue?
The video is therefore highly useful where the process is critical analysis and the content is our use of fossil fuels and the consequence of that use. This would involve integration of Language Arts, Media Studies, Environmental Science, and Social Studies. at the grades 10-12 level.
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