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Allison Frost


8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Podcasts, 52 minutes, 23 seconds
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Oregon

Oregon Youth Demand Action on Climate Change

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  • This podcast episode is about youth activists working towards climate change initiatives in Oregon, the short-term history of climate change legislation in Oregon, and climate change cases in the courts.
  • Students will learn about Oregon's goals for emissions reductions, Oregon policies around climate change, what young people can do about climate change, and current climate change movements in and around Oregon.
Teaching Tips


  • This interview is interesting to listen to or read and covers many topics related to climate change in Oregon.
  • Students will enjoy hearing from other young people and gaining new perspectives. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a good understanding of how climate change impacts people and how governments can step in to make changes around our changing climate. 


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in health classes that are discussing the mental health implications of climate change on young people.
  • A fun take on this resource would be to reenact the podcast like a play. Assign roles to students and have them read aloud to the class. 
  • After reading or listening, use this resource as a discussion starter. How do students feel about the actions being taken by the activists featured? Which actions seem the most impactful or important? What do students think next steps should be? 
  • As an extension activity, have students create their own podcast about a facet of climate change that they care about. 
Scientist Notes
This interview has been fact checked and this resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.6.6-8 Describe the roles of political, civil, and economic organizations in shaping people's lives.
      • D2.Civ.14.6-8 Compare historical and contemporary means of changing societies, and promoting the common good.
      • D2.Civ.1.9-12 Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of local, state, tribal, national, and international civic and political institutions.
      • 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.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.10 By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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