This lesson introduces the connections between air quality and environmental justice.
Step 1 - Inquire: Students consider how air quality and public health are related.
Step 2 - Investigate: Students complete a playlist of five activities, exploring air quality, public health, environmental justice, and New Jersey's efforts to create a cleaner and more just society.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students engage in a fishbowl discussion and share ideas to support initiatives related to air quality, public health, and environmental justice.
This lesson illustrates how air quality is related to cardiorespiratory health and how environmental injustice exacerbates these issues in marginalized communities. A well-sourced list of resources is provided where students can learn about human respiration, environmental justice, air quality in New Jersey, and what is being done to address environmental injustice by both the state and the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance. Students are tasked with reviewing these sources and then sharing what they learned in a fishbowl discussion. This lesson is recommended for teaching.
This lesson is aligned to New Jersey standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.Discover more on the New Jersey Climate Education Hub.