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Greta Thunberg


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 7 minutes, 57 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Greta Thunberg Is Leading a Global Climate Movement

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  • This video is about how Greta Thunberg became involved in climate activism and why she cares so much about the climate crisis.
  • Students will learn about her personal story and why she continues to promote climate awareness and action to stop global warming and climate change.
Teaching Tips


  • Greta is passionate about climate action and shares her story in her own words.
  • She provides a concrete example of a young person making a big impact.

Additional Prerequisites

  • You may have to wait through a commercial to view the video.
  • Greta says "damn" at 3:13 in the video and later talks about her depression, Asperger's syndrome, and personal changes she made to take action.


  • This video can provide cross-curricular connections to civics classes when discussing the use of laws and regulations to promote the common good.
  • Social studies classes can connect this resource to lessons about intergenerational justice, civics, or the unequal effects of climate change on society.
  • This video addresses the emotional distress that many people feel after learning about climate change and discusses ways that young people can take action. Have students write a reflection after watching the video and choose two climate actions from this table of solutions that they could do immediately to address climate change.
Scientist Notes
Greta Thunberg shares her climate stories and this is a great inspiration for students and young people to lead the climate movement for change. This resource is recommended.
  • 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.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.12.9-12 Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • 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.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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