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MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative


11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, Civics, Geography

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Climate Justice Instructional Toolkit

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  • This toolkit provides numerous resources to teach an entire unit on climate justice, including educator guides, student worksheets, videos, data sets, and presentation modules.
  • Teachers can read the guides and watch the videos for a comprehensive tutorial about teaching about climate justice topics and using the provided materials in the classroom.
Teaching Tips


  • The guides and introductory information emphasize inspiring students to use their skills to affect change.
  • K-12 educators were involved in creating this toolkit and the speaker in the video is a former educator.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand the basics of climate change, its causes, and how it impacts people.
  • It may benefit students to understand inequality, oppression, and the historical contexts of injustice.
  • Teachers may want to watch the video series before teaching or assigning the modules in the classroom.


  • MIT originally designed these modules with college students in mind, but high school students can work through the modules as a large group or with more teacher support.
  • Teachers of younger learners can benefit from the teaching tips and adapt climate justice instruction to fit their needs.
  • The Starter Guide provides myriad examples for teaching climate justice through interdisciplinary lenses.
  • Math and science classes can use the data sets to graph and analyze data.
Scientist Notes
This climate justice toolkit is incredibly comprehensive. All information within is well-sourced and cited. There is not a lot of specific climate science to review, but it certainly is climate related.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.2.9-12 Analyze the role of citizens in the U.S. political system, with attention to various theories of democracy, changes in Americans' participation over time, and alternative models from other countries, past and present.
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.11.9-12 Evaluate how economic globalization and the expanding use of scarce resources contribute to conflict and cooperation within and among countries.
      • D2.Geo.6.9-12 Evaluate the impact of human settlement activities on the environmental and cultural characteristics of specific places and regions.
    • Dimension 2: History
      • D2.His.5.9-12 Analyze how historical contexts shaped and continue to shape people's perspectives.
      • D2.His.8.9-12 Analyze how current interpretations of the past are limited by the extent to which available historical sources represent perspectives of people at the time.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.8 Evaluate the hypotheses, data, analysis, and conclusions in a science or technical text, verifying the data when possible and corroborating or challenging conclusions with other sources of information.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.IC.B.6 Evaluate reports based on data.
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