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New Diet Encourages People to Eat More Plant-Based Foods

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


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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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