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NowThis Earth

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Health

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

New Diet Encourages People to Eat More Plant-Based Foods

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Synopsis
  • This video explains the Planetary Health Diet, which was created by the EAT-Lancet Commission to promote planetary and human health. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • It contains engaging graphics to enhance understanding of the video.
  • It discusses the benefits and limitations of the Planetary Health Diet.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with climate change and its impacts.
  • Students should be familiar with terms like industrial agriculture, emissions, and methane.

Differentiation

  • Teachers could use 2:02-3:04 of the video to further explain the relationship between diet and climate change.
  • Teachers could play this video and then assign different groups to come up with a breakfast, lunch or dinner meal following the guidelines of the Planetary Health Diet. 
  • Click here or here for similar videos on how a plant-based diet mitigates climate change.
  • Your students could complete this media literacy activity on food and climate change.
Scientist Notes
The resource underscores the efficacy of plant-based diet on reducing global carbon footprint. To achieve a net-zero carbon world and reach the Paris Agreement global warming target by 2100, there is need to cut down meat and dairy production and focus more on plant-based diets. This resource contains facts and evidence about transitioning to plant-based consumption, and it is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • 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.
  • 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.
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