In this TED Talk, Monica Araya, an electrification advocate, describes how cities can take the lead in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by electrifying their transportation systems.
She describes multiple initiatives around the world that are transforming cities through shifting to emissions-free options for transportation.
The speaker highlights many benefits of reducing emissions beyond just the climate impacts.
The speaker explains how reducing emissions in cities is also an issue of environmental justice.
Teachers may want to print the transcript ahead of time so students can read it as they watch the video.
Teachers may want to review the link provided in the "learn more" section, or the resources provided in Monica Araya's resource list to share with students.
The subtitles and transcript are offered in 13 different languages.
Students could use the ideas in this video to create a proposal for how their city could better incorporate emissions-free transportation.
This resource could be paired with this video about other solutions to reduce traffic in cities, or this activity that guides students through creating their own transportation audit and action plan.
This video presents strategies deployed by Urban cities to reduce carbon emissions from transportation and other sectors. This is recommended for teaching.
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