Go Green Initiative: Educational Resource For Renewable Energy

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Here’s a series of fun YouTube videos created by Go Green Initiative as a resource for K-12 teachers to help kids learn about fossil fuels, renewable energy, and carbon emissions. I think we can all learn a few lessons from these simple educational messages and approach for teaching our communities (young and old) the relationship between energy and carbon emissions and what we can do about it.

Go Green Initiative hopes educators across the U.S. will find these entertaining science-based videos a helpful resource. The science information for the video comes from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and live drone footage is used to show examples of renewable energy.

For a short summary of each video, read on.

Video 1. This first video talks about our dependency on energy and what would happen if there was a power outage. Teen actors, who break out into a zombie dance by the end of the video, remind us that we use energy to power everything from treating water to building equipment, grocery store freezers, ATM machines, computers, recharging cell phones, and home appliances such as refrigerators.

Video 2. The second video opens with a groovy, overly-enthusiastic teacher attempting to convince her class that the “carbon cycle” is really cool. An embarrassed teen is encouraged to sing her scientific definition of the carbon cycle: “biogeochemical movement of carbon through land, oceans, and atmosphere.” Teenagers transform into beatnik-jazz-rappers singing about carbon, the basic building blocks of life, and how it circulates from dirt to the oceans. The video emphasizes the impacts of the industrial revolution, energy creation, and fossil fuels on global warming.

Video 3. Speaking in #Hashtags, the teens act as reporters traveling back through time from 300 million years ago to the present day and tell us about the big three fossil fuels: oil, coal, natural gas.

Video 4. In the fourth video, the teenagers and their way-too-groovy teacher take a trip on the Energy Express (with a tag along little brother) investigating renewable energy: where it comes from, how it creates electricity, and why it’s beneficial to the environment. In just five minutes, viewers learn how wind, energy-to-waste, geothermal, solar, and hydro energy is created and how much is currently generated.

Check out all four of the Go Green Initaitive videos here – I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.


Author: Kathryn Thomsen

Founder of Hundredgivers, a nonprofit supporting and accelerating sustainability initiatives benefiting local and global communities. Kathryn is a social entrepreneur, consultant, researcher, writer and urban farmer. She collaborates with individuals, organizations, and businesses to develop climate change solutions, clean energy, and sustainability strategies and programs.

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