This short video shows how humanity uses energy today; what sources we use; and why, in the future, a growing global population will require more energy.
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This is one segment in a series on energy.
It could be useful for introducing/illustrating population and energy demand issues.
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This segment focuses on a Brazilian family living off the grid (like 1.5 billion world-wide).
Focus is on how rapidly-urbanizing China needs more energy to foster development.
Includes a population/energy use chart comparing different regions of Earth.
Comments from expert scientist: Excellent overview of human impact on energy across the globe. Teacher tips and suggested activities are also strong.
A good introduction to global energy challenges that can help set the stage for classroom discussions and activities, particularly the needs of the developing world where energy access and equity are a substantial challenge.
Easily accessed and can be downloaded by educators who register at the ETOM website.
Video is closed captioned.