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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts

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  • Video, 12 minutes, 33 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Activity - Classroom

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Demetrius Milling: Collaborative Farming for a Livable Future

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  • This video and discussion questions focus on Demetrius Milling, a worker-owner at Love Is Love Cooperative Farm near Atlanta, who discusses the importance of everyone doing their part toward initiating climate solutions and how the farm is guiding others to do so.
  • Students will learn how the workers at the farm help others, provide organic food to the community, and work to reduce the area's carbon footprint as much as possible.
Teaching Tips
  • The speakers depict climate solutions on a small scale as being just as important as large-scale solutions.
  • The interviewee stresses the importance of finding a job or career that fulfills and challenges oneself  as a way to live a life of positive energy.
  • There are links to enhance learning and take climate action included.
Additional Prerequisites
  • The issue of racial tension in America is brought up as a topic of concern, so teachers should prepare for student questions.
  • The interviewee speaks a lot about his biracial identity and being proud of identifying as Black, so students may need to understand what it means to be biracial.
  • Students may have questions about the mention of exposure to lead as a carcinogen.
  • It will help students to know the terms tillage, carbon footprint, micro irrigation, tangible, stewarding, and ripple effect.
  • The speaker discusses the importance of living in a place noted for diversity so English teachers can have students create a personal narrative based on how community affects personal identity.
  • In addition, English teachers can show the video and then have students create a personal narrative about racial identity in America.
  • The concept of "climate grief" is discussed so teachers can have students create climate grief diary entries and ideas for climate action.
  • The speaker mentions Dr. Booker T. Whatley as an inspiration so History teachers can have students research his accomplishments and then expand to research other Black educators, scientists, and inventors.
  • Science teachers can utilize this video to introduce a class garden project.
Scientist Notes
This resource from Project Drawdown focuses on the work of Demetrius Milling as a worker-owner of an organic community farm in Georgia. The interview highlights personal and local history and the positive work at the Love is Love Cooperative Farm to grow carbon-neutral farming and community collaboration. The video powerfully challenges the feeling of hopelessness in the face of climate change by inspiring viewers to be proactive in doing what they can. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.9.9-12 Evaluate the influence of long-term climate variability on human migration and settlement patterns, resource use, and land uses at local-to-global scales.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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