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Citizenship, Gender Justice, Media Literacy


6th, 7th, 8th


Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts, Justice


75 minutes

Regional Focus



Google Docs, Google Slides

How Can Education Be a Solution to Climate Change?

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Last Updated:
Oct 3, 2022


This lesson explores education as a climate change solution and guides students to create their own education project as a means of informing and inspiring positive change.


Step 1 - Inquire: Students discuss what education and climate change are and whether they think education can be a solution to climate change.


Step 2 - Investigate: Students participate in a class activity to determine if learning new information can impact people’s intentions or behavior.


Step 3 - Inspire: Students create a climate change education project to educate members of their family, classroom, school, or community.

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Teaching Tips


  • Students reflect on their own education and how education can be impactful.
  • Students create their own education project to inspire change in their community.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Project Drawdown connects educating girls and family planning. Education and empowerment of girls and women is a very impactful climate solution.

  • The Investigate section activity should be judgment-free.

  • The embedded videos in the Investigate section in the Teacher Slideshow have been automatically formatted to play the most important parts of the videos.

  • Students should be able to complete their outlines and some research in the lesson plan’s allotted time, but additional time may be needed for students to conduct their education projects.


  • Students can write their answers to the education questions in the Inquire section as a "Do Now."
  • Teachers can assign a student to use a calculator to find the class percentages during the Investigate section survey questions.

  • Teachers can change the wording of the survey questions in the Investigate section to relate best to their specific class.

  • Teachers can use a thumbs up or thumbs down system to survey the class and ensure total buy-in.

  • Teachers can give students more time to explore beef, food waste, and renewable energy during the activity in the Investigate section.

  • Students can turn and talk to discuss learning during the Investigate section videos and readings.

  • Education projects can be done in groups, individually, or as a whole class project.

Scientist Notes

Education is a key solution to the global climate crisis. This lesson inspires students to understand how education can change peoples' behavior towards reducing their carbon footprint. It also contains activities and videos to build students' capacity to educate and lead in climate conversation and action. This lesson has passed our science credibility process and is recommended for teaching.

  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2 Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
15 minutes
  • Students discuss the following questions about their education:

    • Who do you learn from?

    • What do you like to learn about?

    • Where do you learn?

    • When do you learn?

    • Why do you learn?

    • How can education be impactful?

  • Students share with the class what they already know about climate change problems, solutions, and how the discussion makes them feel.

  • Students answer the question, “How do you think education can be a solution to climate change?”

30 minutes
  • Students participate in an activity to determine the potential impact of learning about climate change. This activity covers beef, food waste, and renewable energy.

  • For each topic, teacher:

    • Asks students a question.

    • Reveals some information about the topic by playing video clips or sharing information from other sources.

    • Asks students the same question.

  • Students answer the following reflection questions about the results of the activity:

    • Did your class’s results change after learning new information?

    • Do you think learning information can change people’s intentions or behavior?

  • Students select one of two resources to read that connect education to climate solutions more broadly.

30 minutes
  • Students read the five steps to creating their education project.

  • Students review three climate change education project examples in the Examples Outline.

  • Students brainstorm their own ideas for their education projects.

  • Students fill out their education project outline templates.

  • Students research their topics.

  • Students educate their audience.

  • Students evaluate their own projects using the rubric and share with a partner for peer evaluation.


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