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8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Economics, Civics

Regional Focus


The Climate Emergency

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  • This short animated video discusses the severity and urgency of climate change and highlights actions people can take to address climate change.
  • The video shows how communities and people worldwide are affected, the role governments and communities play in solving climate change, and the importance of reducing emissions.
Teaching Tips


  • This video is a great way to empower students to think about their role in solving climate change and take action accordingly.
  • This video also highlights the importance of social media and local action in raising awareness about the urgency of climate change.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Although the video discusses climate change globally, some of the discussion surrounding governments and solutions, like declaring a climate emergency, is focused on the United States.
  • This resource requires access to the Internet.
  • The beginning shows the stress and anxiety of the student as he watches clips about climate change, which may cause anxiety or stress in the students as well.


  • Have students consider government and business leaders' incentives to engage in climate denial or delay. Ask students how this issue can be addressed.
  • The video mentions the argument that solving climate change could harm the economy. Challenge students to address this argument using facts about the jobs created by solar and wind power projects.
  • Following the video, have students brainstorm ways they can take climate action in their community and how they can work together to do so.
Scientist Notes
This brief video encourages students to take action to help fight the climate crisis. The video follows the character, Beckett, as he expresses anger over what he is seeing regularly on the news about climate change. Beckett decides to take action in a way that many students will be able to relate to...he posts on social media! This would be a great addition to a classroom discussion about what students can do to advocate for the planet. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.1.6-8 Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of citizens, political parties, interest groups, and the media in a variety of governmental and nongovernmental contexts.
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.6-8 Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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