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ClimateScience

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, Civics, History, Climate Action, World Languages, Spanish

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Assessment

Regional Focus

Global

Climate Politics

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  • This course on climate politics features sections on climate politics, working together, history, and looking ahead. 
  • It contains text, interactive questions, infographics, links to references, and a final quiz. 

Positives

  • The resource discusses major international agreements such as the Montreal Protocol, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement.
  • Students earn a certificate if they complete the course.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This course is part of a series of climate change courses from ClimateScience.
  • Students should be familiar with the basics of climate change.
  • Students should have access to a computer and Internet access to use the interactive features.

Differentiation

  • Stronger students can spend time reading and exploring any of the links to additional information.
  • Students can proceed through this course at their own pace.
  • The course can be used as a cross-curricular activity for science and social science/civics classes.
  • Extra resources can be assigned for further research and to deepen learning on climate change politics and policies.
  • This course can be used as an individual assignment or as a group activity.
  • Other resources on this topic include the IPCC Special Report (2018) and Creating a Safer World: Achieving the Paris Agreement Target.
This resource provides insights on the importance of the private sector and NGOs in driving the politics of climate change. A case example is the implementation of the Montreal Protocol to reduce ODS. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.3.6-8 Examine the origins, purposes, and impact of constitutions, laws, treaties, and international agreements.
      • 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 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 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.
  • 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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