Explore the companion PBS LearningMedia for The Power of Us below. See a variety of teaching resources, activities, and discussion questions for the film, ideal for middle school and high school age students that encourage students take a deeper dive into the film’s topics.
Learn how climate change is affecting the water supply in this video from Power of Us. Climate change is affecting weather patterns, making some areas dryer. In California, teenager Shreya Ramachandran noticed the harmful effects of droughts, so she designed a system for households to reuse grey water. Grey water is water that has been used gently for cleaning and can be reused for other purposes. Instead of regular soap, Shreya used soap nuts, a plant that is often used to clean clothes in India. Support materials include an introduction to grey water from Shreya’s organization The Grey Water Project, a water filtration activity, and discussion questions.
Learn how students are taking action to help with climate change in this video from Power of Us. In September 2019, climate strikes took place in cities all around world. One of the leaders of these strikes was Greta Thunberg, a student from Sweden. Many of the participants were also students. Concerned about how their lives will be affected by climate change, young people have been pressuring governments to take more actions to protect the environment. This video also shows the exhibit a group of college students made to inform children about the risks of climate change and how they could help. Support materials include discussion questions, support in designing a climate action plan, and a project that guides students as they make infographics about climate change.
Learn how climate change is related to extreme weather events in this video from Power of Us. Scientists explain how the number of extreme weather events, like hurricanes, droughts, and heatwaves, have increased as the climate has changed. Students affected by wildfires in California talk about their experience and show the destruction the fires caused. Support materials include discussion questions and an activity that focus on local climate change challenges and solutions. Additional activities focus on researching data about different weather events and differentiating between whether and climate.