Across the globe, folks will celebrate Earth Day this Saturday (April 22) with lots of community clean-up and educational events. Let’s bring some of that spirit to our classrooms with a high-interest, easy-to-deliver lesson that’ll get teens thinking about the world outside themselves.

Manoj Bhargava, the founder of 5-Hour Energy drinks, has pledged to use 99 percent of his $4 billion empire to help solve the global problems of energy, fresh water, and disease prevention. This 43-minute video about those ongoing efforts is particularly well done and always holds my students’ attention:

A viewing of the film, which is also located here, and discussion will definitely fill a class period, but you might also want to add a bit more rigor to the lesson and focus to students’ discussion by using the question worksheets that I built to use with the film. Those worksheets are located here: Billions in Change Video Lesson Materials.

Hope these materials are useful. Teach on, everyone!

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