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Hot Mess

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Civics, History

Resource Type

  • Videos, 10 minutes, 42 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States

Format

YouTube Video

How Different Generations Talk About Climate Change

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Synopsis
  • This video features discussion about how climate activists have changed over the years and the roles that different generations play today.
  • It explains that environmental activism started long ago and continues today, involving many different groups of people (young, old, Indigenous, etc.).
  • The video also discusses how climate action became more widespread and explains the hard work that everyone must do in order to protect the planet.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video interviews two climate activists, ages 18 and 69, to get differing perspectives on the same subject. 
  • It uses footage of protests and news articles from the past and present. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • There may be an ad before the video and there is a sponsored message at the end. 
  • Students should be comfortable interpreting graphs and percentages.

Differentiation

  • A possible activity would be to have students compare and contrast the climate action of past generations and compare it to climate activists today. They could also come up with ideas for how young people can continue to fight climate change. 
  • This video talks about colonialism and the role that Indigenous people play in climate action, so this would be a great video to include in a history or social studies class. 
  • The history of climate action and awareness is discussed, so this would be a good resource to use when discussing the Clean Air Act or Silent Spring. 
  • Some related resources include this activity Climate Disaster: Young People Act, this lesson plan Greta Meets Malala: How Different Media Forms Present the News, and this video How Radical Gardeners Took Back New York City
Scientist Notes
This video compares climate conversations and activism between the older and younger generations. It is suitable to gain insights on past climate actions, the present, and ways to fine-tune future climate activism to lead and solve the current and future climate crisis. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • 7.SL.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
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