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Project Drawdown, Yusuf Jameel, Carissa M. Patrone, Kristen P. Patterson, and Paul C. West


10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Civics, Geography, English Language Arts, Health

Resource Type

  • Scientific Papers or Reports, 107 pages

Regional Focus




Climate-Poverty Connections Report

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  • This detailed report describes the benefits and challenges of enacting 28 climate change solutions for human well-being and poverty alleviation in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • The report provides a framework for achieving these "win-win solutions" and emphasizes that responses to climate change must also directly address the economic, nutritional, and energy needs of rural communities while contributing to improved health, education, and gender equality.
Teaching Tips


  • This report will give students an inside look into policy-making and the extensive considerations necessary when designing policies.
  • The report highlights the connections between environmental and social issues, emphasizing that the two are inextricably linked.
  • The report uses graphics, diagrams, and accessible language to explain complex concepts.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers will need to input their name and email to access the report.
  • This report is intended to be a guide for decision-makers, policymakers, and donors. Students should have strong reading skills and a general understanding of climate change and development-related concepts.


  • Before reading the report, have students engage in a critical thinking exercise, working in groups to figure out how climate mitigation and adaptation may be linked to social issues such as education, health, and gender equality.
  • Considering the length of the report, it may be best to break up any assigned reading by chapter.
  • As an extension, have students research another location where the framework presented would be helpful and why. Students can present their findings to the class, highlighting the potential benefits, challenges, and drawbacks.
  • The report briefly explains doughnut economics, an important concept for sustainable development that the teacher can expand upon in class.
  • For a look at the complete list of Project Drawdown climate solutions, check out this table of solutions. Click the top of the columns to sort them from smallest to largest or largest to smallest.
Scientist Notes
The website provides a link to a two page fact sheet along with a Project Drawdown report entitled "Climate-Poverty Connections: Opportunities for Synergistic Solutions at the Intersection of Planetary and Human Well-being". The report and fact sheet summarize the mutual benefits of five different areas: agriculture/agroforestry, protection and restoration of ecosystems, clean cooking, clean electricity, and equality and how these areas can aid in advancing human well-being in rural areas of low/middle income countries. There is also a discussion of incorporating all voices, including women's voices, into the discussions concerning global warming and climate change. The fact sheet and report are well-researched and sourced and would provide an excellent addition to an older classroom discussion concerning climate change and the it's many effects.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.6.9-12 Critique relationships among governments, civil societies, and economic markets.
    • 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.12.9-12 Evaluate the consequences of human-made and natural catastrophes on global trade, politics, and human migration.
      • D2.Geo.5.9-12 Evaluate how political and economic decisions throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.
      • D2.Geo.6.9-12 Evaluate the impact of human settlement activities on the environmental and cultural characteristics of specific places and regions.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
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