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Science, Social Studies, Biology, Justice, Health, Social-Emotional Learning

Resource Types

  • Video, 3 minutes, 39 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Lesson Plan, 110-120 minutes
  • Lesson Plan, 45 minutes
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Worksheet

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - South


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Youth Climate Story: Coal Ash in North Carolina

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  • This video is about a young individual and her community in NC that are impacted by coal ash waste.
  • The resource also provides lesson plans about the effects of climate pollution in "Belleville" and an introduction to climate justice.
Teaching Tips


  • The activities get students working together in groups, communicating, thinking critically, and practicing empathy.
  • This video connects climate pollution with decreases in human health, while highlighting the inequities of climate pollution.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video is available without an account but teachers must create a free account to access the lesson plans.
  • There are teacher preparation resources linked in the lesson plans.  
  • You will need to prepare some materials prior to starting the lessons.


  • Students could work in groups for the issue mapping section of the Climate Justice lesson plan to help each other come up with the various connections to climate change.
  • For the "Belleville" lesson, students could act out a short play using the four roles identified in the lesson.
  • This video could be used in a social studies or economics class when discussing the environmental and public health costs of using toxic materials to produce energy. 
  • Other resources about climate justice and pollution include this article by the Climate Reality Project, this interactive resource about air pollution, and this StC lesson plan.
Scientist Notes

Coal ash is harmful to environmental and human health, this resource explained the impact it poses in North Carolina. The resource is recommended for teaching.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • 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 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.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.
    • 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.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
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