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The Climate Initiative


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics, Civics, Geography, Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts, Justice, Health

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Digital Text

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine

Climate Action Toolkits

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  • This resource contains multiple activities that inform students about sustainability, climate mitigation strategies, microfibers, and some other topics that are related to climate change.
  • Students can engage with activities that consider the sustainability of one's wardrobe, a project that allows them to create a poster that raises awareness about climate change, interactive tool that provides students with a framework for solving climate change, and experience many other activities that are available in the collection.
Teaching Tips


  • The En-ROADS interactive tool has connections to MIT and is an engaging and interactive tool for students to use.
  • One of the activities involves painting, which is great way for students to express themselves.

Additional Prerequisites

  • In order to download any of the toolkits, you have to provide some contact information.
  • It may be beneficial if students already know what sustainability is and how it relates to energy use and climate change.


  • Teachers can use the Tree Equity Score toolkit as a conceptual introduction to environmental racism.
  • Students can use the Upcycling and Innovation toolkit for a research project on different methods of increasing personal sustainability.
  • The Tree Equity Score toolkit can enhance a classroom discussion on how climate change impacts the health of some groups more than others.
  • The Seed Bomb toolkit can support a lesson on how climate change impacts ecosystems around the world.
Scientist Notes
This resource from The Climate Initiative outlines various Climate Action Toolkits and activities aimed at educating, empowering, and engaging students in climate action efforts. These toolkits cover a wide range of climate-related topics and activities, including: Wardrobe Capsule, Climate Art Contest, Closet Revamp, Communications Activities, Community Conversations, Difference between Compostable and Biodegradable, Experience En-ROADS, Host a Town Hall, Microfibers, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies, Seed Bomb, Thermochromic Pigment, Tree Equity, Upcycling and Innovation, Wardrobe Diet, and a Waste Audit. These toolkits and resources aim to equip students with the knowledge and tools needed to take meaningful action in addressing climate change and promote sustainable living. This resource is well researched and well sourced and is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
    • 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.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.14.9-12 Analyze historical, contemporary, and emerging means of changing societies, promoting the common good, and protecting rights.
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.3.9-12 Analyze the ways in which incentives influence what is produced and distributed in a market system.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.1.9-12 Use geospatial and related technologies to create maps to display and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.9.9-12 Evaluate the influence of long-term climate variability on human migration and settlement patterns, resource use, and land uses at local-to-global scales.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Functions: Interpreting Functions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.IF.B.6 Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified interval. Estimate the rate of change from a graph.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 10 - Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
      • VA:Cn10.1.IIIa Synthesize knowledge of social, cultural, historical, and personal life with art-making approaches to create meaningful works of art or design.
  • National Health Education Standards
    • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
      • 1.12.3 Analyze how environment and personal health are interrelated.
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