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Regional Focus

  • Africa
  • Europe
  • United States

Big Climate Problems Require Even Bigger Global Solutions

Author: Citizens' Climate Education
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Art, Climate Action
Resource Type:
  • Podcast, 50 minutes, 0 seconds
  • This podcast is a collection of short NPR style interviews that could each be used on their own. 
  • Together they provide a cohesive emotional presentation from a variety of global cultures. 
Teaching Tips


  • It allows students to hear a variety of cultural perspectives on different people's actions in response to climate change. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • It is audio only, and between stories is an NPR promo for the podcast itself.
  • The first interview (1:30-15:00) focuses on Solomon Goldstein-Rose. This could expand students' thinking about the scale of the problems and solutions of climate change.
  • The second interview (17:10-21:00) focuses on Violet Kitchen. She is the illustrator of Goldstein-Rose's book. She speaks about the role art can play in bringing cultural attention to societal issues.
  • The third interview (24:10-34:50) focuses on Doerte Wihan. She speaks about how "emotional knowledge" can inspire climate action.
  • The fourth interview (36:50-43:15) focuses on Olivia Oguadinma. She is a Nigerian chemical engineer and podcaster who inspires others to take meaningful climate action.
  • The fifth interview (43:45-48:00) focuses on Shane Petzer. He upcycles trash to art and discusses the artistic impact of his work.


  • Different groups of students could listen to different segments of the podcast.
  • This could be used individually or left to play for the entire 50 minutes. Individually, they afford the opportunity to bring in a short interview that could be a part of a larger lesson.
Scientist Notes
The podcast is suitable for climate storytelling, carbon pricing advocacy, decarbonization, and a transition to clean energy. It is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions
      • D4.6.9-12 Use disciplinary and interdisciplinary lenses to understand the characteristics and causes of local, regional, and global problems; instances of such problems in multiple contexts; and challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address these problems over time and place.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.


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  • The description in the Teaching Tips was very helpful!
    4 months ago