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Earthrise, Jack Harries


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


Social Studies, Civics

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  • Videos, 8 minutes, 16 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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What YOU Can Do About Climate Change

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  • This video explains that the only way to end climate change is to stop causing damage to the Earth and start fixing the damage that has already been done. 
  • Students will learn that individuals can only do so much and that real change must occur at the cultural and systemic levels.
Teaching Tips


  • This video is inspiring and will encourage students to get involved in the climate movement.
  • Students will learn how people are working to mitigate the effects of climate change and enact changes that will positively impact our environmental future.

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  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in science or language arts classes that are working on climate change or argumentative writing.
  • This video would make a great conversation starter for what students can do about climate change. Consider having students work individually, in groups, or as a class to come up with a plan to counter climate change in their school, community, local, state, or national government.
Scientist Notes
The video explains strategic actions we can take to mitigate climate change impacts. It highlights the importance of transforming the way we live and consume and how we can make changes to draw down our carbon footprint. This resource is ideal for the classroom.
  • 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.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.
      • D2.Civ.12.9-12 Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.6-8 Draw on multiple disciplinary lenses to analyze how a specific problem can manifest itself at local, regional, and global levels over time, identifying its characteristics and causes, and the challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address the problem.
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