Green Ninja Origins

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Main Topic of Video: Learning to be green

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Frame:

  1. What does it mean to be “green”?
  2. What is climate change and what does my carbon footprint have to do with it?
  3. What are some things you already do that are “green”?

Focus:

  1. Who is Green Ninja and how did he become one?
  2. During Green Ninja’s training, what are some things he learned to do as part of “green living”?
  3. How can you become a Green Ninja?

Follow-up:

  1. How does installing insulation help save energy?
  2. Why is it important to to separate waste so some can be recycled and others composted?
  3. How do using energy efficient items help with being “green”?

 

ANSWERS TO DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Frame:

  1. What does it mean to be “green”?

Being green means to live your life in such a way where your day-to-day actions are Earth friendly — minimizing your carbon footprint and promoting sustainability.

  1. What is climate change and what does my carbon footprint have to do with it?

Earth’s climate has been warming rapidly in recent decades due to human activities that produce large amounts of carbon dioxide — a type of greenhouse gas — gases in the atmosphere that are capable of absorbing infrared radiation, which traps heat in the atmosphere (greenhouse effect). Because greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere, it is responsible for the overall global temperature rise. The rising temperatures have caused the climate of different areas in the world to change. For example, higher temperatures create higher amounts of water vapor in the atmosphere, increasing the precipitation in some areas of the world (more rain, more risks of floods). Your carbon footprint is measured by the amount of carbon emitted by all of your daily activities added together. The more your actions minimize your carbon footprint, the more you are helping to minimize the pace/effects of climate change.

  1. What are some things you already do that are “green”?

Answers may vary, but could include recycling/reduce/reuse, using CFLs and LEDs for lighting, etc.

Focus:

  1. Who is Green Ninja and how did he become one?

Green Ninja started out a regular person just like you and me, but was on a quest to do something important — to protect the planet. He found the masters of green living to train him in all ways “green.”

  1. During Green Ninja’s training, what are some things he learned to do as part of “green living”?
  • Installing insulation to help save energy
  • Separating trash so things can be recycled
  • Replacing older items with energy efficient versions to save electricity
  • Separating food waste from trash so they can be composted
  • Riding public transportation to help reduce greenhouse gases
  • Eating local, organic foods
  1. How can you become a Green Ninja?

By being a protector of our planet and living in such a way where you minimize your carbon footprint and do as much as you can as mentioned from the last question! Also, help to educate others about being “green”!

Follow-up:

  1. How does installing insulation help save energy?

Heating and cooling accounts for 50% – 70% of the energy used in the average American home. By insulating your home, you won’t get too hot in the summertime (hot air is kept out) and too cold in the wintertime (cold air is kept out). This helps minimize the amount of energy that is needed to keep your home at a comfortable temperature!

  1. Why is it important to to separate waste so some can be recycled and others composted?

Recycling and composting reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators (burning garbage produces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change).

  1. How do using energy efficient items help with being “green”?

The production of electricity releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, so any electronics/appliances we use that are energy efficient technically requires less electricity to be made or used (less carbon dioxide emissions). Here are some ways to be more energy efficient:

https://class5energy.com/blog/how-does-energy-efficiency-help-the-environment/

 

ADDITIONAL TOPICS AND LEARNING EXPERIENCES

As appropriate, please provide additional questions that relate to specific scenes in the video. Many of the videos contain ‘Easter eggs’, or specific subjects presented in subtle ways. In this case, you may wish to include a screen shot of the scene, with some background, description, and discussion.   Other uses of the video to promote additional learning experiences can also be provided here such as links with sustainability.

When Green Ninja learned about eating local and organic foods, he also learned that chicken is a much more earth friendly meat than beef. Why?

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Graphic from Environmental Working Group:

https://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/a-meat-eaters-guide-to-climate-change-health-what-you-eat-matters/climate-and-environmental-impacts/

There are carbon emissions associated with every step of meat production beginning from the land necessary for grazing livestock. Beef eaters use 160 times more land resources than vegetarians! Chicken is a much greener meat option than beef.

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Graphic from One Green Planet:

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/eatfortheplanet/

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES AND RESOURCES

Please provide links and additional teaching resources (e.g., existing lesson plans) that teachers may find useful. 

TeacherVision has a webpage with a ton of great lesson plans about being “green” and links to other websites that have additional resources on the various topics covered in this video:

httpss://www.teachervision.com/environmental-education/teaching-methods/63270.html

Credit: This teacher resource has been adapted from content originally developed by Hannah Sun.

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