This short video acknowledges the gravity of climate anxiety and why it is so important to talk about it.
Students will learn why climate anxiety is so prevalent and some strategies for how to cope with it.
This video uses simple, yet engaging, graphics depicting the important content represented.
This resource validates feelings that students might be experiencing such as anxiety, loneliness, fear, and isolation.
Prepare ahead of time for ways to support students' big emotions and your own as you dive into a difficult topic.
Since this is a short video, think about your bigger goal for how to incorporate this video into a climate change lesson.
This video would be an excellent supplement to another lesson about difficult topics related to climate change, including tipping points, mass extinction, or racial inequities.
Consider allowing students to view this video independently and then write reflection papers or participate in small group discussions.
Use this other video to help students process their feelings and to brainstorm solutions as they learn about five ways to cope with climate anxiety.
Consider giving students the time to write down one goal for how to cope with climate anxiety, either using the social media recommendations from the video, creating a climate action goal, or even creating a nature journal.
Other resources that might pair well with this video include this TED Talk about the emotions that power climate action, this longer podcast which provides a deeper dive into climate change and mental health, or this digital poster with quick tips for eco-anxiety.
This very short 1-minute video discusses the feelings of anxiety surrounding climate change that can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, how talking about problems can help your mental well-being, and it encourages viewers to start prioritizing mental health. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
Speaking & Listening (K-12)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
National Health Education Standards
Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
2.12.10 Analyze how public health policies and government regulations can influence health promotion and disease prevention.
Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
7.12.2 Demonstrate a variety of healthy practices and behaviors that will maintain or improve the health of self and others.