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


Social Studies, Civics, Climate Action

Resource Types

  • Video, 3 minutes, 22 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Lesson Plan
  • Worksheet
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

North America, United States


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  • This chapter of the Our Climate Our Future series will provide you with tools to teach your students that “Doing One Thing” can make a positive difference. 
  • How to help fight climate change? What can we do to fight climate change? These are questions often asked, or questions that should be asked, by our young people. This video will provide you with tools to teach your students how kids can help the earth by “Doing One Thing” to make a difference. 
  • At the end of the video, students are invited to text "MYDOT" to 42108 to take part in the challenge and have a chance to win a $5,000 college scholarship. 
  • In the accompanying lesson plan and worksheet, students will create a mural of DOTs to raise awareness about climate change and write a letter to a local newspaper to raise an issue.
Teaching Tips


  • How can kids help the environment? This video gives clear concrete small actions students can begin to take. If the teacher is uncomfortable with students texting their actions to ACE, then the teacher can skip this at 2:00.
  • However, having students write their commitments can help ensure follow-through.

Additional Prerequisites

  • In order to decide on a strategy of taking action, students and teachers should understand the consequences of their actions and/or what problem it is addressing regarding climate change.
  • Consider looking up "carbon footprint" in the SubjectToClimate platform to search for an activity before the students view this video. 
  • Teachers must make a free account.


  • For IEP and ELL students, consider sharing the closed captioning before showing the actual video.
  • In addition, teachers can provide them a note taker with the following questions:
    • What are different ways youth can take action?
    • How will you take action?
  • Students can also complete this course on personal action.
Scientist Notes

There is no contradiction in the resource. Actions such as #LessMeat, #GetSocial, and others would drive everyone into a sustainable future and our efforts to achieving the net zero target in 2050. This resource is recommended for teaching.


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

  • 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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