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The Diet that Helps Fight Climate Change

Author: Vox
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Health, Climate Action
Format: YouTube Video
Resource Type:
  • Video, 5 minutes, 39 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • This video illustrates the huge impact of individual dietary choices on the planet. 
  • Students will learn about the footprints of various foods and diets and see that you don't have to completely eliminate certain foods to achieve positive results for the planet and your health. 
Teaching Tips


  • This Vox/University of California video does a good job of illustrating the huge impact of agriculture and livestock production on climate change and on the planet, while recognizing that many people are used to eating meat on a daily basis.
  • This resource presents a sustainable solution to climate change in which students can immediately engage.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the following terms: livestock, agriculture, and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • You might have to wait through a commercial before the video starts.


    Scientist Notes

    The resource critically emphasizes cutting down meat consumption per capita. Eating plant-based diets could cut down about 3 Gigatons of carbon monthly to help fight climate change. Data from the IPCC and other sources are accurate. Hence, students can learn how to reduce their carbon footprints to help fight climate change. The resource is recommended.

    • 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.
        • 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.
    • 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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