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Author

NowThis Earth

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Health, Social-Emotional Learning

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

How to Cope with Climate Anxiety

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  • This video outlines five ways to cope with the anxiety around climate change. 
  • Students learn how to filter climate change information, process their feelings, and make changes in large or small ways. 

Positives

  • Engaging visuals accompany this video.
  • It could be used to encourage students to talk about their anxieties about climate change. 
  • This video features Mitch Prinstein, the Chief Science Officer of the American Psychological Association.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the effects of climate change.

Differentiation

  • Students could work in groups to identify common fears about climate change and brainstorm ways to support each other.
  • Teachers could use this video to help students unpack their feelings about climate change and encourage them to write in a journal about it, create an art piece about it, or create a song or dance to express their feelings about it.
  • Science and civics classes could use this video after learning about climate change or one of the many topics connected to climate change, such as deforestation, biodiveristy loss, the sixth mass extinction, ecosystem declines, toxic air and water pollution, human migrations, and the devastation caused by extreme droughts, fires, heat, storms, or floods.
Misinformation about climate change is happening. The resource explains the need to acquire climate information only from credible sources and organizations to reduce panic and anxiety about the impact. This is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • 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.
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
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