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Young People's March for Climate Action

Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Earth Science, Civics, Climate Action
Resource Type:
  • Article
Synopsis

  • This resource explains the purpose of the Young People's March for Climate Action in Minnesota, which can be used as a guide for similar marches in other areas.
  • Planning and conducting a march for climate action can help students understand and show support for renewable energy legislation.
  • This resource provides easy to follow steps on how students can be involved in a march to their capitol.

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource includes succinct instructions on how to participate in or conduct a march.
  • Templates of press releases and other materials are included in the resource.
  • This resource describes a successful march and explains the reasoning behind different aspects of the march.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Administrative approval may be needed to participate in a march.
  • Students will need to understand how the legislative process works and how individuals can impact the process.

Differentiation

  • Participating in a march may not be possible, so students could research other ways to impact legislation such as writing letters.
  • This project could be completed in conjunction with a civics course or as a club activity.
Scientist Notes

The resource is a guide to advocate for renewable energy, clean jobs, and energy efficiency legislation. Students would be able to write press releases using the sample provided in the resource. The resource is appropriate. However, rallying and campaign activities for climate justice should be supervised.

Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.*
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.1.9-12 Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of local, state, tribal, national, and international civic and political institutions.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1.b Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.

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