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Our Climate Voices


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Civics, Justice

Resource Type

  • Article

Regional Focus

North America

Maya Menezes | Toronto, Ontario


  • In this article, climate and immigration activist, Maya Menezes speaks about finding her passion and purpose in fighting for justice in Toronto, Ontario. 
  • Students will learn how Menezes saw the connection between migration, climate change, racism, and displacement and how she worked to unite the activists who were fighting for those causes. 


  • This article shows how human rights and environmental justice issues are interconnected.
  • The article provides links to several resources for further reading.

Additional Prerequisites.

  • The article discusses several topics that can be divisive, including police violence, white supremacy, exploitation, and immigration. Teachers should think about how to address questions and concerns about these topics ahead of time.
  • The article mentions the A Dish With One Spoon agreement, more information about the agreement can be found here
  • The Leap organization is no longer active.
  • The link to the UCLA Journal requires access to the journal to read.
  • The Change Everything podcasts are no longer available.


  • Civics and government classes could review and discuss the different policies and projects mentioned in the article. Students could reflect on how they affect communities, especially vulnerable ones.
  • In English language arts or writing classes, students could reflect on how Menezes found her purpose in activism and write about an issue that they feel passionate about.
  • Other resources related to this topic include this article on climate migrants and this media literacy lesson on environmental justice.
The resource explains the infringements of several environmental standards and indigenous people's rights for a healthy environment. Pipeline expansion for oil transportation is not ideal to achieve a net zero target by 2050. This resource is recommended for students to learn about the politics of climate change.

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

  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.10.9-12 Analyze the impact and the appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights.
      • D2.Civ.12.9-12 Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
      • D2.Civ.3.9-12 Analyze the impact of constitutions, laws, treaties, and international agreements on the maintenance of national and international order.
      • 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.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.6 Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.
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