In this video, climate justice and human rights lawyer Colette Pinchon Battle describes how millions of individuals are threatened by displacement as coastal cities experience extreme weather events and sea level rise due to climate change.
Colette Pinchon Battle explains that Black communities, Indigenous communities, and other historically marginalized communities are disproportionally at risk when it comes to the climate crisis.
Students will learn that preparing economically and socially for mass climate migration will promote resiliency and build community.
This video is an excellent resource to explore the social aspects of climate change such as migration, displacement, gentrification, and disaster recovery efforts.
Additional resources for further research into climate action on the Gulf Coast are listed below the video.
A transcript is available in 20 languages.
Students should be familiar with the concept of sea level rise and other coastal impacts due to climate change.
Before watching this video, social studies classes could explore the concept of migrants. Teachers can ask students to think of reasons why people might migrate and discuss why climate change may be one of the reasons.
This video does not detail many current ways that communities could prepare for displaced individuals from climate change, so this could be an interesting extension to have students research. Students could investigate how communities have welcomed individuals affected by war or violence to understand some strategies for aiding displaced individuals.
Social studies classes may want to use this video on American climate migration or this SubjectToClimate lesson plan on the consequences of climate change to extend the topic.
According to recent research, climate change could result in over 2 billion climate refugees by the year 2100. In the TED Talk, Colette Pichon Battle goes into depth about what that means and what we can do about it. This resource is recommended for teaching.
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
8.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.
HS.ESS3.1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
HS.ESS3.3 Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among the management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
7.8 Examine how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
HS.40 Use geographic data to analyze the interconnectedness of physical and human regional systems (such as a river valley and culture, water rights/use in regions, choice/impact of settlement locations) and their interconnectedness to global communities.
HS.44 Assess how changes in the environmental and cultural characteristics of a place or region influence spatial patterns of trade, land use, and issues of sustainability.
HS.45 Identify and explain how political and economic power dynamics throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.
HS.47 Assess the impact of human settlement activities on the environmental and cultural characteristics of specific places and regions.
Social Science Analysis (K-12)
8.34 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.