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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics

Resource Types

  • Video, 8 minutes, 38 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Article
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, New York City

Amanda Appelson: Bringing Plant-Based Solutions to Bodegas

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  • This video and corresponding materials highlight Plantega, a New York City business that makes plant-based food more accessible to New Yorkers, and its marketing manager, Amanda Appelson.
  • Students will learn that plant-based food can come in many varieties, food production accounts for a noteworthy percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions, and climate activism can be a productive way to manage one's eco-anxiety.
Teaching Tips


  • Students will enjoy the reference to New York City culture.
  • The interviewee emphasizes the importance of finding other people who share your values.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may help students to know how humans impact biodiversity and ecosystems worldwide.
  • Students should be familiar with greenhouse gas emissions and how they affect the environment.


  • Students can brainstorm how they can make their diets and lifestyles more sustainable.
  • This video can supplement a classroom activity where students analyze and compare the greenhouse gas emissions of common meats, drinks, and vegetables.
  • Social studies students can discuss how citizens can pressure institutions to address climate change sustainably.
  • This video can introduce an activity where students research and consider the plant-based options they have in their community.
Scientist Notes
The adoption of a plant-based diet is scientifically one of the individual lifestyle changes with the most impact on the climate. The climate science addressed in this video is accurate.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.3.9-12 Analyze the ways in which incentives influence what is produced and distributed in a market system.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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