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  • Videos, 2 minutes, 49 seconds, CC, Subtitles
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North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Illinois



Youth Climate Story: Climate Justice and Air Pollution in Illinois

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  • In this video, Tonyisha explains how marginalized communities in Chicago are being impacted by climate change and what young people can do to take action. 
  • The resource includes two lesson plans about environmental justice, a student worksheet, and a voting activity.
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  • This video provides a personal narrative from a young person in an at-risk community.
  • There are many ways to expand on this topic using the linked lesson plans and activity.

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Scientist Notes

Critical insight is provided to enable students to become more conscious in taking climate action. The video demonstrated the need to advocate for climate and environmental justice and vote for politicians who have great interest in tackling climate change. In the video, please note this oversight or error "industries harming soil pollution". Besides that, the resource is suitable and recommended for teaching.

  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.10.6-8 Explain the relevance of personal interests and perspectives, civic virtues, and democratic principles when people address issues and problems in government and civil society.
      • 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 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.8.9-12 Evaluate the impact of economic activities and political decisions on spatial patterns within and among urban, suburban, and rural regions.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • 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.
  • National Health Education Standards
    • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
      • 1.12.3 Analyze how environment and personal health are interrelated.
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