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Author

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

Synopsis
  • 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. 
Teaching Tips

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.
Scientist Notes
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.
Standards
  • 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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