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  • Health
  • Environmental Justice
  • Climate Action


  • Critical Thinking
  • Social and Emotional Learning

Regional Focus

  • Southwest USA

Azaria Mendoza | Pueblo, Colorado

Author: Our Climate Voices
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Biology
Resource Type:
  • Article
  • This article features Azaria from Pueblo, Colorado.
  • Azaria describes the impacts of climate change and fossil fuel pollution on the Arkansas River and the community of artists she grew up with.
  • She discusses the importance of activism and protecting the environment where one lives.

Teaching Tips


  • Students can engage with a first-person narrative of a young adult detailing the health effects of pollution and the action she is taking to protect the health of her community.
  • The article discusses the impacts to local businesses and recreation in the community when pollution and climate change take hold, from an artist's point of view.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the possible health effects of pollution.


Scientist Notes
This resource is germane to inspire young people to combat environmental racism. She tells her story about injustices to communities worst-hit by climate change and air pollution from fossil fuels. This is recommended.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.6 Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.3-5 Explain different strategies and approaches students and others could take in working alone and together to address local, regional, and global problems, and predict possible results of their actions.


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