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Author

The Climate Reality Project

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Health

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - South

Format

YouTube Video

Climate Change & Our Health with Catherine Flowers

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Synopsis
  • This video features an interview with climate and social justice activist Catherine Flowers. Flowers, a native of Lowndes County, Alabama, works to improve the lives of people living in poverty who are disproportionately affected by climate change. 
  • Students will learn how warmer temperatures and a lack of infrastructure have caused the American South to be susceptible to tropical diseases. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This firsthand account of the impact of climate change in the United States will inspire students to get involved in their communities.
  • Students will see that climate change and social equity are intertwined.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video discusses a variety of tropical diseases with which students may not be familiar, including hookworm and Zika.

Differentiation

  • Before watching the video, health classes could make lists of health problems associated with climate change. After watching the video, students could research tropical diseases that are present in the United States.
  • Social studies classes could discuss the role of infrastructure in protecting people's health and well-being. Students could brainstorm ways to design infrastructure with the realities of climate change in mind.
  • Other resources on this topic include this e-book on the health risks of climate change and this video on environmental racism in the Bronx.
Scientist Notes
The video underscores how the changing climate induces tropical diseases in temperate regions like America. It raises a concern to reduce the impact of climate change on human health by building smart infrastructure in rural communities and also engaging young people in climate activism. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS.LS2.6 Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • Social Sciences
    • Civics and Government (K-12)
      • 8.10 Explain the specific roles and responsibilities of citizens in a participatory democracy.
      • HS.11 Analyze and evaluate the methods for challenging, resisting, and changing society in the promotion of equity, justice, and equality.
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