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Author

ClimateScience

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Civics, Justice, Health, Climate Action

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Video, 5 minutes, 21 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Assessment

Regional Focus

Global

A Fair World?

Synopsis
  • This course about equality and solving climate change includes sections on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), human health, solving poverty, the power of school, and women and climate change. 
  • This course contains text, interactive questions, infographics, links to references, a video, and two sections at the end called "Open Problems" and "Final Quiz." 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This course does a nice job of connecting inequality and climate change, showing that solutions for one can address both.
  • Students can earn a certificate if they complete the course.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This course is part of a series of climate change courses from ClimateScience.   
  • Students will need a computer and Internet connection to use the interactive features and watch the video.

Differentiation

  • Stronger students can spend time reading and exploring any of the links to scientific papers and reports.
  • Students can proceed through this course at their own pace.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with economics, geography, and civics classes when discussing the current and predicted effects of climate change on human communities and the benefits associated with addressing humans rights disparities that also address climate change.
  • Other resources related to this topic include this table of solutions, Kaya Identity: Drivers of CO2 Emissions and this video about gender equality and education.
Scientist Notes
The resource underscores the importance of the SDGs and the steps to take strategic action to achieving the SDGs and targets in order to reduce global inequality. Additional links contained in the resource is valid. Thus, this resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.12.6-8 Assess specific rules and laws (both actual and proposed) as means of addressing public problems.
      • D2.Civ.10.9-12 Analyze the impact and the appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights.
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.6-8 Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.10 By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.10 By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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