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How to Change Your Diet to Fight Climate Change

Author: The YEARS Project
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Biology, Earth Science, Health, Climate Action
Format: YouTube Video
Resource Type:
  • Video, 3 minutes, 36 seconds
  • This video by The YEARS Project describes the impact of food production on global greenhouse gas emissions, land use, and deforestation. 
  • Students will learn about some of the foods with the biggest footprints and some with the smallest footprints.
Teaching Tips


  • This video helps put food production and individual food choices into perspective.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the terms carbon footprint, methane, and greenhouse gas.


Scientist Notes

The resource underpins the efficacy of switching to a plant-based diet. Students will gain knowledge on how this would have a triple effect by reducing our carbon footprint, improving our health, and sustaining our planet. Data sources and outputs are accurate. The resource is recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.*
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.8.6-8 Apply a range of deliberative and democratic procedures to make decisions and take action in their classrooms and schools, and in out-of-school civic contexts.


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  • This shows how everyone can make an immediate and positive impact!
    4 months ago