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From climate change to plastic pollution to resource depletion, our world faces various critical challenges and threats. It’s time for us to learn about what they are, what’s being done about them, and what we can do to change.

TED-Ed Original lesson: The wildly complex anatomy of a sneaker

Sneakers generate 313 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year, which is equivalent to the annual emissions of 66 million cars. This 5-minute animation reminds us of the need to balance our love of sneakers with the need for sustainability. (TED-Ed Original lessons, April 2020. Educator: Angel Chang, Directed and animated by Ella Dobson, Narrated by Addison Anderson, Transcript available in multiple languages)

The Story of Stuff Project: movies and documentaries

The Story of Stuff Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the way that people make, use, and throw away stuff so that it is more sustainable, healthy, and fair. The project investigates the consequences of plastic pollution and has produced dozens of animated shorts, documentaries, and movies to expose a huge number of environmental and social issues.

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