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Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Economics, Health

Resource Type

  • Digital Text

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

The Climate Crisis and Your Health

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Synopsis
  • This e-book explains how the climate crisis impacts people's health.
  • Students will learn how children's health, food and water security, and mental health have been affected by climate change.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This e-book covers many different aspects of health including, vector-borne diseases, nutrient deficiency, and mental health.
  • Students may be surprised to find out how many health problems are connected to climate change.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The first link on page 3 and the second link on page 21 do not work.
  • You must sign up or log in to access this e-book.

Differentiation

  • Students can read about their topic and explore the links embedded in the e-book. Then students can share what they have learned with the entire class.
  • Teachers can assign groups of students to cover one or more of the following topics:

                    1. Children - general (pp. 4-5)

                    2. Children - natural disasters and mental health (pp. 5, 11-12)

                    3. Children - malnutrition (p. 6)

                    4. Children and adults - elevated risk of disease (pp. 6-8)

                    5. Environmental pollution and neurological problems (pp. 9-10)

                    6. Food and water security (p. 13)

                    7. Shifting bread baskets (pp. 13-14)

                    8. Fresh water and the climate crisis (p. 15)

                    9. Lower crop yields, rising prices, and unrest (pp. 16-17)

                   10. Nutrient deficiency (p. 18)

                   11. The health care cost of climate change (pp. 19-20)

                   12. Mental health (p. 21)

  • Other resources on this topic include this video that shows how fossil fuel pollution affects people's health and this video on the high rate of climate change-related health risks for poor people.
Scientist Notes
This e-book underscores the impact of climate change on human health. It contains evidence and scientific facts on mitigating climate crisis. The climate crisis and health e-book contains basic steps and data to enable students to ask relevant questions and solve health and climate crises in their local communities and cities.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.2.6-8 Evaluate alternative approaches or solutions to current economic issues in terms of benefits and costs for different groups and society as a whole.
      • D2.Eco.8.6-8 Explain how external benefits and costs influence market outcomes.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.9.6-8 Evaluate the influences of long-term human-induced environmental change on spatial patterns of conflict and cooperation.
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