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How Empowering Women and Girls Can Help Stop Global Warming

Author: Dr. Katharine Wilkinson
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Biology, Justice, Health, Climate Action
Format: YouTube Video
Resource Type:
  • Video, 13 minutes, 48 seconds
  • This TED talk describes the connections between climate change and gender equity.¬†
  • Students will learn the three main ways to improve gender equity to reduce emissions: supporting women farmers, educating girls, and providing access to family planning and health care.
Teaching Tips


  • This video talks about impactful solutions available to address climate change that many people never hear about.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may be helpful to preview the video to address the many topics discussed.


  • Starting the video at 4 minutes, 32 seconds will take you directly to the three key connections between gender equity and climate change.
  • The first segment provides an introduction and an overview of the solutions available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Cross-curricular connections can be made with civics classes when discussing governmental policies or laws that may prevent women and girls from equally participating in society or having equal rights and access to resources.
Scientist Notes

The video indicates the importance of gender equity and mainstreaming women to be part of the climate solution. This can drive the change we want to see if women are allowed to contribute to climate actions and policies. The resource is recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
    • 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: History
      • D2.His.5.9-12 Analyze how historical contexts shaped and continue to shape people's perspectives.
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