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Why Gender Matters for Effective Adaptation to Climate Change

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  • This video explores connections between gender inequality, the impacts of climate change, and potential adaptations. 
  • A gender-responsive approach to adaptation is outlined and highlights the need to be inclusive of all marginalized individuals.
Teaching Tips


  • Upbeat music and animations are used to keep viewers engaged.
  • The video highlights the importance of diverse voices in solving the climate crisis.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a basic understanding of climate change and its impacts on various regions of the world.
  • Students should also be familiar with issues of injustice and specifically the way women are marginalized in society.


  • Students could list ways their community is impacted by climate change, identify who might be disproportionately impacted, and brainstorm potential adaptations that would benefit the most vulnerable.
  • The video only briefly mentions other forms of discrimination that intersect with climate change. Students could discuss how their learnings from the video would apply to other marginalized groups based on race, socioeconomic status, disability, etc.
  • This resource can be connected to social-emotional learning by further exploring identity, intersectionality, discrimination, and justice as it relates to climate change.
  • These lessons How Climate Change Affects People Differently and Understand How Climate Change Affects Others could be used to help students further draw connections between marginalized communities and the climate crisis.
  • Other resources about gender discrimination and climate change include this reading comprehension resource and this video.
Scientist Notes
This video highlights the role of adopting a gender-responsive approach to build equitable adaptation solutions to respond to climate change impacts. This concept is insightful and the resource is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.14.9-12 Analyze historical, contemporary, and emerging means of changing societies, promoting the common good, and protecting rights.
    • 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.
      • 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.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2 Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
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