History and social studies students can research the Kyoto Protocol, this documentary, and media coverage from the 1980s - 2000s to gain perspective about the lack of bold climate action in the past and what we can learn from this to ensure mitigation and adaptation strategies are enacted.
Scientists have known about global warming, the greenhouse effect, and how carbon dioxide plays a role for over 120 years. In fact, it was first written about in the 1890s. This podcast episode explores why it has taken humanity so long to listen. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
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.