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Author

Our Changing Climate

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, Economics, Civics

Resource Type

  • Videos, 9 minutes, 46 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States

Format

YouTube Video

The True Cost of the Military-Industrial Complex

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Synopsis
  • This video is about the environmental impacts caused by the United States military-industrial complex.
  • Students will learn about the environmental and social hazards of a bloated military.
  • The video concludes that demilitarization is the only sustainable option and that war is always an environmental hazard.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The video discusses the environmental impacts of war, including chemical waste and emissions caused by fuel for machines of war.
  • It includes an analysis of imperialism and potential justifications for war.
  • The video description contains links to other resources for further reading.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video begins with an ad.
  • The video's content ends at 8:20 and is followed by a sponsored ad.
  • The video concludes that military decisions prioritize profit and control over peace and safety, which may be sensitive topics for students with family members who served in the military.

Differentiation

  • History classes could review the military conflicts mentioned in the video, including Panama (1989), Chile (1973), East Timor (1975), and Iraq (2003).
  • Students could write alternative budget proposals that divert money away from the military and toward environmentally and socially focused policies.
  • A resource related to this topic is this video on the way that the United States' greed for oil contributes to climate change.
Scientist Notes
This resource highlights the environmental cost of the United States Military. While it does editorialize towards the end of the video, the data provided is accurate. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Social Studies
    • Civics & Government
      • Civics & Government 2 (F1): Students understand constitutional and legal rights, civic duties and responsibilities, and roles of citizens in a constitutional democracy by explaining the constitutional and legal status of "citizen" and provide examples of rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens.
      • Civics & Government 1 (F2): Students understand the ideals, purposes, principles, structures, and processes of constitutional government in the United States and in the American political system, as well as examples of other forms of government and political systems in the world by explaining how and why democratic institutions and interpretations of democratic ideals and constitutional principles change over time.
      • Civics & Government 1 (D1): Students understand the ideals, purposes, principles, structures, and processes of constitutional government in the United States and in the American political system, as well as examples of other forms of government and political systems in the world by evaluating and comparing the relationship of citizens with government in the United States and other regions of the world.
    • Personal Finance & Economics
      • Personal Finance (F1): Students understand the principles and processes of personal finance by explaining how scarcity influences choices and relates to the market economy.
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    • This video covers heavy topics and should probably be preceded by a class discussion to prepare students for some of the difficult topics. I had students who disagreed with certain aspects of this video but the conversations were positive and had the students rethinking the connection between the military and our enviornment.
      2 years ago