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Social Studies, Economics, Civics, World Languages, Spanish

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Video, 2 minutes, 30 minutes, CC, Subtitles
  • Assessment

Regional Focus


Climate Economics

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  • This course includes sections on the economy and climate, capitalism, economic tools, financial markets, carbon pricing, and a circular economy. 
  • This course contains text, interactive questions, infographics, data charts, a video, links to references, and a final quiz. 

Teaching Tips


  • This course discusses topics such as planned obsolescence and the right to fix items that students may be able to easily comprehend.
  • Students can proceed through the course at their own pace and earn a certificate upon completion.
  • The course is available in a number of different languages.

Additional Prerequisites

  • A number of links to additional information require a subscription to access and some go to insecure websites.
  • This course is part of a series of climate change courses from ClimateScience. 
  • Students will need a computer and internet connection to use the interactive features and watch the video.
  • Students should be familiar with economic systems in use today.


  • This course provides two levels of learning. Use the button in the top left of the page to toggle between "Simple" and "Advanced." The "Simple" setting is recommended for middle school students, while the "Advanced" setting is recommended for high school students.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with science classes when discussing the connections between ecological degradation and human activities and with civics classes when discussing the global effects of national and international laws and regulations.
  • Other resources on this topic include this table of solutions, this video about The Cost of Carbon, this data resource about the drivers of CO2 emissions, and this Footprint Calculator.
Scientist Notes
The resource underscores economic systems and the importance of managing Earth's resources as demand increases. Circular economy is now seen as one of the economic theories that can help conserve Earth's resources alongside the growing demand for goods and services by humans. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • 11-12.RI.10 By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • Social Sciences
    • Economics: Global Economy (9-12)
      • HS.24 Explain how current globalization trends and policies affect economic growth, labor markets, labor conditions, human rights, the environment, and resource and income distribution in different nations.
    • Economics: Microeconomics/Decision-Making (9-12)
      • HS.13 Analyze how incentives influence choices that may result in policies with a range of costs and benefits for different groups.
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