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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Health

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YouTube Video

How to Change Your Diet to Fight Climate Change

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  • This video describes the impact of food production on global greenhouse gas emissions, land use, and deforestation. 
  • Students will learn about some of the foods with the biggest footprints and some with the smallest footprints. 

Teaching Tips


  • This video helps put food production and individual food choices into perspective.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the terms carbon footprint, methane, and greenhouse gas.


  • Students could explore their own footprints using the Footprint Calculator or the Environmental Impacts of Food Data Explorer.
  • Students could research high-protein meat alternatives, such as beans, seeds, whole grains, and nuts.
  • In health classes, students could create a meal plan that both meets their nutritional needs and minimizes the environmental impact.
Scientist Notes

The resource underpins the efficacy of switching to a plant-based diet. Students will gain knowledge on how this would have a triple effect by reducing our carbon footprint, improving our health, and sustaining our planet. Data sources and outputs are accurate. The 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.
    • 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.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
      • 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.
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