The struggle to understand greenhouse gases arises because of challenges in learning about gases, as well as challenges in learning the difference between the natural greenhouse effect and an enhanced greenhouse effect. While many people understand that the greenhouse effect is natural, they may also associate greenhouse gases with global warming and, therefore, label these gases as bad. Yet, life on Earth evolved in a certain way because of how these gases regulate Earth's temperature.
Watch this video of 6th grade students in South Gate, California—an urban community. The purpose of this classroom video is to see students share ideas about the role of greenhouse gases on Earth.
For additional classroom context, video analysis, and reflection opportunities, read the Picture of Practice page for "Greenhouse Gases: Good or Bad?" in the Changing Climate Environmental Literacy Teacher Guide, page 20.