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.
Responsibility to Protect Activity - according to Gareth Evans and Mohamed Sahnoun, states have a responsibility to protect their people inherent in the idea of internal sovereignty. If states do not protect their people, they lose their right to external sovereignty and others can intervene. When states fail to respond to the climate emergency, are they shirking their Responsibility to Protect? If so, do others have the right to interfere in that states affairs/require them to implement international sovereignty?
The industrial revolution: show pictures of New Haven before and after the industrial revolution (some examples on this page). Discuss how life did and did not change for the better or 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. Additionally, it highlights how the poor working-class suffered from the drawbacks of industrialization.
Learning from the past: what mistakes have been made in the past and how can we learn from them?
The Future of History, "When the Water Ends" by Evan Abramson (Yale Environment 360) - Video about the effect of water scarcity on groups in Kenya and Ethiopia, such as increased conflict. Can connect to past conflicts over resources.
Factory Life (Stanford History Education Group) - Lesson on comparing different perspectives from various primary sources on working in 19th century English textile factories
Industrialization (C3 Teachers; website) - Lesson on analyzing the social, economic, and political effects brought on by Industrial Revolution in Great Britain between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries (pdf)
Extreme Global Makeover (PBS) - lesson on modernization in China and India which affects society, politics, economics and the environment (cross-listed under economics)
The Islands and the Whales (PBS) - exploration of food culture through the examination of whaling traditions that stem from those of the Vikings
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.
Generate is an interactive game that allows students to explore energy choices and teaches the considerations and costs in deciding what type of energy generation to build.
TED Talk: An Economic Case for Protecting the Planet
Comprehensive Study: Carbon Taxes Won't Hamper the Economy by Dana Nuccitelli from The Guardian
The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States (has information by region as well)
China from the Inside
Lesson 1 Globalization (PBS) - lesson on globalization in China and the economic factors that influence political relations
Lesson 2 Environment and Development (PBS) - lesson on economic development and environmental planning in China
Extreme Global Makeover (PBS) - lesson on modernization in China and India which affects society, politics, economics and the environment (cross-listed under history)
New York Times' math lesson plan.
Climate Change and Social Justice
Curriculum from Brown University with readings, role plays, and lessons available
UN Secretary-General on Plastic Waste and a Peaceful Future
Environmental Justice Explained short youtube video, great to share with students.
Analyzing Environmental Justice Lesson Plan
Relationship between Ecosystems and Social Systems Activity
Natural Resources and Human Communities Lesson Plan
The Affect of Sea-Level Rise on a Virginia Community Video
Environmental Protection and Indigenous People Lesson Plan
Meet the Human Faces of Climate Migration video by World Bank, provides stories of people displaced by climate crisis.
Taking on Climate Change by Tatiana Schlossberg
3 Steps to Turn Your Congressman into a Climate Champion by Flannery Winchester
5 Things to Do About Climate Change by Neil Leary
Textbook Trauma: The Emotions of Climate Change video by Yale Climate Connections, two scientists (Sara Myhre and Jeffrey Kiehl) discuss the emotional impacts of climate change.
Mental Health and Climate Change document by APA and EcoAmerica. See page 21 for specific climate change impacts on mental health.
How do people cope with feelings about climate change so that they stay engaged and take action? Article by Dr Susie Burke PhD, FAPS.
Climate Change and Mental Health: A Causal Pathway Framework Article by Helen L. Berry, Kathryn J. Bowen, and Tord Kjellstrom.