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  • Videos, 2 minutes, 45 seconds, CC, Subtitles
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North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, New York City


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Youth Climate Story: Hurricane Sandy in Far Rockaway

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  • In this short video, Annie, a teenager from New York City, talks about how her life was affected when her home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. 
  • The "Hope After Hurricanes" lesson plan is also included with this resource.
Teaching Tips


  • This video is presented by a youth giving her personal story, which is powerful.
  • The included lesson plan allows students to explore their experiences and feelings.

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  • You must create a free account to access the lesson plan, but the video is available to view without an account.


  •  Social studies and civics classes could use this video to spark a discussion about the social costs of climate change, who bears the brunt of the costs, and how cities will have to pay to rebuild or abandon infrastructure damaged by more extreme storms.
  • This resource could be used to help teach students empathy, providing them an opportunity to hear a story from a young person and then putting themselves into her shoes.
  • Similar resources include the Our Climate Voices articles and this Earthrise resource.
Scientist Notes

Hurricane sandy and other extreme weather disturbances are forcing many to be climate refugees. There is need to take urgent climate actions to avoid future occurrences. This resource is recommended.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • 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)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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