Segment 1
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The first sequence of the 3-hour series introduces some unexpected characters and places, presenting what our host, geoscientist Richard Alley, calls the “twin stories of climate and energy.” We meet Annise Parker, the Democratic Mayor of Houston TX (re-elected since this program first appeared on PBS on Earth Day 2011) and David Titley, a Navy Rear admiral, interviewed in dress whites in the Naval Observatory in Washington DC. Scenes from around the planet show many different kinds of energy usage (cars, trucks, lighting) and the many different kinds of energy resources (wind, solar, gasoline, biomass, waves/tidal.) Richard Alley introduces himself as the on-camera host, in scenes from the filming of the project—in a helicopter above the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand, and striding across the dunes near Yuma, Arizona. He reveals some of his personal history, and his hopes for the futures of his daughters and his students at Penn State, where he teaches. Those hopes rely on smart choices about energy, which can result in reducing adverse impacts on Earth’s climate. And that’s exactly what the remainder of the first program, and the next two episodes, deal with in greater detail.

Annotated Script
Interactive version: panels 1-9
Downloadable PDF: pages 1-4

Please note that both the PDF and interactive online scripts have additional information and many clickable links. Inevitably some of these will have changed, but we hope you and your students will find them of use if you or they wish to dig deeper into the content appearing in the videos.

This fast paced, brief (2:30 before the series titles and NSF announcement) video can be used to introduce the key themes into which the subsequent clips dive deeper, and which are each supported by key Learning Objectives, correlations to the Next Generation Science Standards’ Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI’s) and Performance Expectations (PE’s), a Vocabulary list, suggestions to Expand/Adapt/Connect, and—most importantly—carefully selected hands-on inquiry based Activities, many peer-reviewed by the CLEAN project. These activities are not original to ETOM and give full credit to sources, but have been chosen to complement the issues brought to life in each specific video.


Possible prompts to students before watching the program 1 Tease include:


  • Look out for some perhaps unexpected characters or comments in what you’re about to see. Jot them down and then let’s discuss them. (Most programs about climate don’t include a US Navy Rear Admiral, soldiers and Marines, nor discuss the political registration of the host.)

  • What different communities are introduced, and why do you think they appear? (The Mayor of Houston, TX; Army soldiers and Marines.)

  • How many different types of energy use (cars, trucks, lighting, and more) do you see, and how many different kinds of energy resources? (Wind, solar, wave, biomass, and more.)

  • Does it look like the series host, glaciologist Richard Alley, enjoys his job? Where does he get to travel? What different landscapes does he see?

  • Why do you think he makes a point of saying he’s both worked for an oil company and assisted the UN’s panel on climate change, the IPCC?

  • What does Alley say about the “twin stories” of climate and energy?


Remember, as a registered Educator, you can download and preview each segment for yourself, playing them back locally instead of relying on web access, and figuring out what approach works best for your classroom. You can also turn on (in QuickTime Player, in the View menu) closed captions for all segments, helping students to see perhaps unfamiliar words as they are spoken by our characters or the narrator. Research has shown this can be beneficial to all students, and not just the growing number for whom English may be a second language. In fact, “Science” itself may be an unusual language to which we all need to get acclimated. (Sic.)



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