Environmental Econ

How does the economy affect the environment—and vice versa? A video from Crash Course Economics discusses the ways supply and demand for products made with non-renewable resources can result in the Tragedy of the Commons, or even in the Rebound Effect.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Integrate the video into an interdisciplinary project between science and economics
  • Prompt small groups to investigate the ways that industrial demand impacts the environment, and to come up with a thesis about the role of the government in these issues
Classroom Considerations

  • Comment section is open to the public and is full of opinions about climate change
  • Part 22 of a 35-video series on economics
Pros

  • Presents both sides of the argument about government regulation in environmental controls
  • Real-world examples and helpful animations handily explain complex concepts
Cons

  • None