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5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social-Emotional Learning

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North America, United States


YouTube Video

Why I'm Living Without a Car

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  • In this fun and inspiring video, Umbra tells her story of when she decided to sell her car and go car-free. 
  • Students learn about the financial and environmental impact of car ownership and learn about alternative modes of transportation. 
Teaching Tips


  • Additional sources are provided in the description of the video.
  • This woman's story is an inspiration to all who want to take action. It shows how one person's decision can impact the environment and inspire others.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There is a Google Sheet in the description that students and/or families can adapt to weigh the costs and benefits of owning a car.


  • Students in math class could calculate the fixed and continuing costs of owning a car vs. owning an e-bicycle.
  • Support group: The teacher could pause the video to discuss each part and check students' understanding.
  • Extension group: Students could make a similar video and discuss the benefits of public transportation in detail.
  • This video could be used in a discussion about alternative modes of transportation to reduce CO2 emissions.
Scientist Notes
This 4-minute video uses one person's decision to go carless to explore the impact (both financial and environmental) of car use. Alternative transportation options and lifestyle choices are presented. This is a short, clear resource with sources provided in the video description. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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