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Climate Mental Health Network


7th, 8th, 9th, 10th


Visual and Performing Arts, Health, Social-Emotional Learning

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom
  • Artwork
  • Worksheet

Regional Focus




Climate Emotions Wheel

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  • This activity allows students to describe, draw, or color in their feelings about climate change and encourages them to share their feelings with others.
  • Students will explore the climate emotions wheel that is based on research from the University of Helsinki, fill in their blank climate wheel, and discuss how these feelings can be addressed.
Teaching Tips


  • The blank activity sheet is provided in the resource and can be printed out for students to complete.
  • The wheel covers a wide array of relevant emotions.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand each emotion on the wheel, so define any words that your students are unfamiliar with.
  • There are links to Parent Resources, Creative Art Therapy ideas, and a Guide for Action and Self Care at the end.
  • Check in with students as they complete this activity and be aware that some students may need to talk with a guidance counselor or other trusted adult to process negative emotions.


  • This activity can fit within a larger unit on the impact climate change has on personal health.
  • This activity pairs well with another resource titled How to Talk to Young People About Climate Emotions.
  • Teachers can use this activity as a conceptual introduction to climate grief and/or climate anxiety.
  • This activity can supplement a classroom discussion on how to effectively manage climate guilt, grief, or frustration.
Scientist Notes
Climate anxiety is a well-documented issue, especially amongst younger generations. This activity can help process students' emotions regarding climate change and is recommended for teaching.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 1 - Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
      • VA:Cr1.1.Ia Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.
  • National Health Education Standards
    • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
      • 1.8.3 Analyze how the environment affects personal health.
      • 1.12.3 Analyze how environment and personal health are interrelated.
    • Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
      • 4.8.1 Apply effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to enhance health.
      • 4.12.1 Use skills for communicating effectively with family, peers, and others to enhance health.
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