My Future, Our World with Adobe Premiere Rush

Students create a video about sustainability issues in the world and their hopes for the future

About This Strategy

This 2-hour strategy invites students to reflect on their own hopes for a just and sustainable future. Students review core principles of sustainability then outline their dreams for a more sustainable world. Using Adobe Premiere Rush, students create a short video designed to inspire others to join them through commitment and action toward building a sustainable future. 

Adobe Premiere Rush allows even new users to produce vibrant, engaging videos. For template-based video production, students might elect to use Adobe Spark Video.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student sample
  • Adobe Premiere Rush
  • Adobe Spark Video
  • Editable Resource Bundle
  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

120 minutes


Students review the basic principles of sustainability, noting that sustainability encompasses environmental, social, and economic goals. Considering these three elements, students create a list of primary challenges and concrete hopes for a sustainable future. (30 minutes)


Students gather images or other media from their own files or from open source resources to help them tell the story of the future they would like to build. Students connect these images to their identified challenges and hopes. (30 minutes)


Students combine images and text to share their vision of a just and sustainable future by creating an Adobe Premiere Rush video. They select words and images to help them communicate their vision, and they conclude their video with a plea or call to action for their audience to commit to building a sustainable world.  They use these steps to guide them. Students can examine an example here, and read a tutorial here. (60 minutes)


Students share and publish their videos. (5 minutes)

Steps for Students

When studying sustainability, it can sometimes feel like we have more problems than solutions. But often our ability to solve big problems begins with big dreams. In this strategy, you will create an Adobe Premiere Rush video that identifies some of the key sustainability challenges you notice in the world around you, then you will communicate your hopes and dreams for solving those challenges. 

Adobe Premiere Rush allows even new users to create compelling, engaging videos. If you would rather use a template-based video production tool, you might consider using Adobe Spark Video.


1. When many people think of sustainability, environmental issues are often the first concerns that come to mind. While the global environment certainly poses immense and pressing challenges that significantly affect the future of the earth, comprehensive sustainability efforts weigh environmental costs and solutions with the associated impacts on people and economies. (30 minutes)

Arcadis, a global design and consulting firm, highlights how cities around the world approach the long-term health of their communities. The figure below, from Arcadis’s 2018 Sustainable Cities Index, offers an overview of how social, environmental, and economic factors work together to create comprehensive sustainability solutions.

You might also consider reviewing this document from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) if you need a more detailed review of the three components of sustainability. 

As you consider sustainability principles and issues you’ve learned about or experienced in your own community, what are some of the greatest challenges to creating a sustainable future? What are some of the hopes you have about how we, as individuals and communities, might act to mitigate these challenges?

  • Write down 2-3 of the biggest challenges you think the world faces when it comes to sustainability.

  • Below the list of challenges, record 3-4 ideas, dreams, or steps that individuals or communities might take to overcome your identified challenges.

Remember that your proposed actions don’t have to be perfect solutions. They can represent something realistic, or they can represent your dreams for what you hope will happen. 

2. Using your list of challenges and solutions/hopes as a guide, search for images that can correspond with your identified elements. You can choose to use your own photographs/media, or you can use open-source images searches such as Creative Commons, Flickr, or Pixabay. (30 minutes)

If you use an open-source image website such as those listed above, be sure to check licensing requirements and restrictions for the images you choose; each website offering free or public-domain images will have content with each picture explaining their use/reuse policies. Even for truly free images, consider giving credit to the photographer/artist in order to promote ethical use of images in digital spaces.

Once you’ve gathered images to correlate with your list of challenges and hopes for change, move on to Step 3.

3. Using Adobe Premiere Rush, create a 2- to 3-minute video that communicates the sustainability challenges you identified along with your hopes for overcoming those challenges. (60 minutes)

  • Use the images you gathered in Step 2, and combine these images with text to help communicate your ideas. 
  • Add a title slide/sequence to your video.
  • Include a sense of a “call to action,” either through video, audio, or text.
  • Add a music track to your final video for added impact

If you would prefer using a template-based program to create your video, you might elect to use Adobe Spark Video. For guidance on using Adobe Rush Premiere, read this tutorial. You can view a student sample here.

Be sure to read through the rubric for a sense of how your video will be evaluated. 

4.Share your final video as directed by your instructor. (5 minutes)



Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' video.