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Social Studies, Economics, Civics, World Languages, Spanish

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 30 minutes, CC, Subtitles
  • Assessments

Regional Focus


Climate Economics

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  • This course includes sections on the economy and climate, capitalism, economic tools, financial markets, carbon pricing, and a circular economy. 
  • This course contains text, interactive questions, infographics, data charts, a video, links to references, and a final quiz. 

Teaching Tips


  • This course discusses topics such as planned obsolescence and the right to fix items that students may be able to easily comprehend.
  • Students can proceed through the course at their own pace and earn a certificate upon completion.
  • The course is available in a number of different languages.

Additional Prerequisites

  • A number of links to additional information require a subscription to access and some go to insecure websites.
  • 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.
  • Students should be familiar with economic systems in use today.


  • This course provides two levels of learning. Use the button in the top left of the page to toggle between "Simple" and "Advanced." The "Simple" setting is recommended for middle school students, while the "Advanced" setting is recommended for high school students.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with science classes when discussing the connections between ecological degradation and human activities and with civics classes when discussing the global effects of national and international laws and regulations.
  • Other resources on this topic include this table of solutions, this video about The Cost of Carbon, this data resource about the drivers of CO2 emissions, and this Footprint Calculator.
Scientist Notes
The resource underscores economic systems and the importance of managing Earth's resources as demand increases. Circular economy is now seen as one of the economic theories that can help conserve Earth's resources alongside the growing demand for goods and services by humans. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.12.9-12 Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.9-12 Analyze how incentives influence choices that may result in policies with a range of costs and benefits for different groups.
      • D2.Eco.15.9-12 Explain how current globalization trends and policies affect economic growth, labor markets, rights of citizens, the environment, and resource and income distribution in different nations.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • 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.
  • World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (ACTFL)
    • Connections: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations.
      • 3.1 Making Connections: Learners build, reinforce, and expand their knowledge of other disciplines while using the language to develop critical thinking and to solve problems creatively.
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