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Citizens' Climate Education


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, Economics, Civics, Geography, Justice

Resource Type

  • Podcast, 30 minutes

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - South, South and Central America

From the Oil Fields in Venezuela to Climate Justice in the USA—Solemi Hernandez

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  • In this podcast, Solemi Hernandez, an environmental justice advocate, shares her personal experiences with climate change and how she got involved in climate solutions in her community.
Teaching Tips


  • The podcast features the relatable and inspiring story of an everyday person that is involved in environmental justice.
  • The speaker explains why climate change is important to all communities, but especially the most vulnerable communities.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Before listening to the podcast, teachers may want to discuss Hurricane Irma and the devastating effects it had on the community, as this is an important part of Solemi Hernandez's story.


  • This podcast can be used as a catalyst for getting students thinking about ways in which they can become involved in environmental justice for their respective communities.
  • Students can discuss which communities are most vulnerable to climate change in their area and brainstorm ways to support these communities.
  • Students can identify and research a climate activist in their community and present their findings to the class.
Scientist Notes
The podcast is recommended for educators to prepare students for environmental and social justice advocacy.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • 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.
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.
      • 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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