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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Civics, Engineering

Resource Type

  • Videos, 14 minutes, 26 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, Europe


YouTube Video

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  • This video shows how some European cities, such as Paris, have lowered their greenhouse gas emissions by using energy efficiently. 
  • Students will learn about energy use, green transportation infrastructure, and efficient ways to use public and personal spaces. 
  • The video explains how the United States could adopt many of the energy-saving methods used in Europe. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video explains how cities can address complex problems using solutions on a societal and personal level.
  • Students will learn that, on average, Europeans use far less energy than Americans.
  • The video description contains links to references.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand that burning fossil fuels causes climate change.


  • After watching this video, students could brainstorm ideas for a project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the class, school, or community level.
  • Other resources on city design include this video on biking infrastructure in Paris and this video on the differences between cities designed for cars and cities designed for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Other lesson plans on these topics include this SujbectToClimate lesson on green spaces and this SubjectToClimate lesson on carbon emissions.
Scientist Notes
This resource examines the sources of energy and lifestyle differences between France and the United States. On average, France, and the majority of the European Union, use half as much energy per capita as the United States. All of the data and figures in this resource have been verified and it is recommended for teaching.
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      • Civics & Government 1 (D2): Students understand the basic ideals, purposes, principles, structures, and processes of constitutional government in Maine and the United States as well as examples of other forms of government in the world by comparing how laws are made in Maine and at the federal level in the United States.
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (D2): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by describing the impact of change on the physical and cultural environment.
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