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Growing Trees Against All Odds: Neema's Story

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  • This video follows the story of Neema, a woman from a small community in Tanzania, and her efforts to protect her local environment.
  • Neema discusses the importance of preserving trees and taking care of nature and the effects of climate change on her community.
Teaching Tips


  • This video presents a great example of how individuals and communities play an important and impactful role in protecting their local environment.
  • Neema is setting a great example by making a difference in her community through leadership and education.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Although the video is presented in Swahili, subtitles in English are presented and are available in other languages as well.
  • Students should have a general understanding of how climate change affects the water cycle.


  • Have students consider what actions they can take in their community to protect their local environment.
  • Have students consider how protecting trees could help the community adapt to the effects of climate change.
  • This resource can also be used in health classes during lessons about the impacts of climate change on human health and during social studies classes during lessons about inequality.
  • Students can watch this other video about another Tanzanian village that is protecting their local environment.
Scientist Notes
This video introduces Neema, a woman from Tanzania who takes care of local trees and educates others on the importance of trees in the area and how to care for them. The video provides an example of how climate change is affecting different regions of the world and how the locals are doing what they can to help lessen the impacts of climate change. It also gives students insight into how others are feeling about climate change as well. Finally, the video introduces students to organizations that support the conservation of trees. As a note, the video is not spoken in English but is completely captioned in English. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-3 Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.4.6-8 Explain how cultural patterns and economic decisions influence environments and the daily lives of people in both nearby and distant places.
      • D2.Geo.6.9-12 Evaluate the impact of human settlement activities on the environmental and cultural characteristics of specific places and regions.
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