Civics and Politics
If you were president, what would you do about climate change?
Students take on different roles in order to decide if a company is allowed to build a new plant in a fictional town
From the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Call on government and corporate leaders to say no to single-use plastics. Could be used as part of a lesson on participating in democracy, petitions, or contacting representatives
Activity idea: Develop and conduct a school-wide opinion poll on various issues related to climate change and the government's response
Grades 9-12. Free downloads of curriculum guides and worksheets. From Climate Generation. Helps students understand the social, economic, and political causes and implications of climate change and gives them the necessary tools to make their opinions heard.
Article on Plastic Bans Around the World
World Wildlife Fund: New Hope on Climate Change. When the government won't lead change, it's up to the public.
Buy, use, toss? An interdisciplinary curriculum examining how we buy things in the US.
The industrial revolution: show pictures of New Haven before and after the industrial revolution (some examples on this page). Discuss how life did and didn't change for the better and worse and how people dealt with the changes.
Population growth and urbanization in the industrial age talks about how industrialization changed Connecticut cities and discusses how congestion and pollution drove people out of city centers and how the poor working class suffered from the downfalls of industrialization
Learning from the past: what mistakes have been made in the past and how can we learn from them?
Eight lesson plans on how our expanding economy impacts the environment
Discuss and research industry, the life cycle of everyday items, and companies that are incorporating green practices into their business model
Students buy and sell electricity from various sources—coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, and renewables—under a variety of economic conditions. By seeing prices rise and fall, students learn about economic barriers and opportunities for renewables. From the Union of Concerned Scientists.
This simulation encourages students to weigh the relative merits of various energy sources and envision the future of energy use in the United States. From the Union of Concerned Scientists.
TED Talk: An Economic Case for Protecting the Planet