This article details five LGBTQ+ climate and environmental activists, their work, and how readers can follow them or learn more about their actions.
Students will learn about these diverse activists, who encompass many facets of the LGBTQ+ community and see the varied work they are doing to save the environment.
This resource is incredibly inclusive and will introduce students to a range of LGBTQ+ people working towards a better environmental future.
Many links are included for students to look further into the work of those introduced in the article.
Students should understand the importance of environmental activism.
Cross-curricular connections can be made in science classes working on environmental change or in health classes discussing LGBTQ+ issues.
This resource would work well in a jigsaw activity, where groups of students learn about each of the activists and present their findings to their classmates.
As an extension, have students get involved in the work of an environmental activist that is working on a topic that is important to them.
This resource highlight some of the activists on the front lines of the climate crisis. Their impacts would encourage students to be motivated in taking climate action in their community. This resource is recommended for teaching.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
D4.6.6-8 Draw on multiple disciplinary lenses to analyze how a specific problem can manifest itself at local, regional, and global levels over time, identifying its characteristics and causes, and the challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address the problem.
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)
Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).