Storm Surge is excited to announce a series of  videos on climate change for use by educators of middle and high school students. This series explains that climate change is natural but, beginning about 170 years ago, how human activity has accelerated its effects on global warming, frequency and strength of weather events and on us and habitats in our environment. A video in two parts discuss show how climate change and human interactions were major factors in forming The Great Marsh along Massachusetts’s north shore.

The videos and teaching aides are linked below, but first read what is being presented in each of the videos.

Climate Change – It’s Natural and It’s Also Human shows how Earth’s natural greenhouse gases create climate and make Earth habitable for humans. The video explains how human-induced acceleration of climate warming was caused by increased burning of fossil fuels during the Industrial Revolution. The video ends with discussions about how we can help to reduce our own carbon dioxide emissions and slow the dramatic and dangerous warming effect that will occur if our current outputs continue unchecked. Local historic photos show how Newburyport’s industrial past contributed to global warming.

Climate change impacts on The Great Marsh along the Newburyport coastline are presented in two videos. The first, The Great Marsh, Part 1: Past and Present, shows how the marsh was formed following the last glacial retreat. It presents the marsh as an ecological system interacting with the humans, plants, birds and animals who use and experience it. The Great Marsh, Part 2: Our Future Together, discusses the role the Great Marsh will play for our community as the climate continues to change. After describing the impacts of climate change, including warming air and waters, rising seas, and increased storm frequency and intensity, we show how the Great Marsh may mitigate some of these impacts for our community. The Marsh will serve as a type of green infrastructure absorbing excess water and storing carbon. But unfortunately, the marsh itself is vulnerable to climate changes. The video ends with some thoughts about how we can help ourselves and the marsh.

Select a link below to view the videos and related teaching resources.

Climate Change: It’s Natural and It’s Also Human
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Instructor Guide  

The Great Marsh, Part 1: Past and Present
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Instructor Guide

The Great Marsh, Part 2:  Our Future Together
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Instructor Guide