Learn about the history of human impact on Earth’s climate in this video from PERIL & PROMISE. This animated timeline explores changes in climate during periods of glaciation and the effect of human-generated greenhouse gases on our climate. The background essay in the support materials provides further details about the techniques used to analyze and interpret data about humanity’s role in climate change.
Additional support materials are available, including discussion questions and teaching tips for how to pre-teach graphing for students to prepare them to interpret the timeline in the animation. For more environmental education resources, visit the Human Impact on the Environment collection.
To learn more about Peril and Promise, a public media initiative reporting on the human stories of climate change, visit their website.