The Anthropocene and the Near Future: Crash Course Big History #9

The Anthropocene covers the last century in an unofficial geological era. An informative video considers both the pros and cons of progress. It discusses the environmental impact, changes in lifestyle, political changes, wars, and technology. It also provides options for the future. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Debate if the Anthropocene counts as an era
  • Assign a creative writing task to address what changes will occur in the near future
Classroom Considerations

  • Be wary of public comment sections
Pros

  • Includes subtitles in Arabic, English, and Estonian for English learners
  • Graphics entertain viewers
  • Connects geography, politics, and science
Cons

  • None
Common Core