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MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables
  • Ebooks
  • Podcasts, 12 minutes, 20 seconds
  • Videos, 3 minutes, 21 seconds, CC

Regional Focus




MIT Climate Primer: Solutions

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  • This interactive resource discusses solutions to the risks of climate change including cutting emissions, removing carbon, adaptation, and geoengineering. 
  • Students will learn about nature-based solutions, modern technologies, and potential future technological advancements that can help mitigate the climate crisis. 
Teaching Tips


  • It is encouraging for students to learn about the answers that already exist and upcoming innovations in green technology. 
  • It is engaging, interactive, and applicable to a diversity of learning styles due to the variety of media presented. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be at a high school reading level and have a baseline ability to interpret and analyze data. 
  • For the most complete context, students should first visit the previous three pages on climate science, climate change, and risks.  


Scientist Notes
This resource is an interactive webpage that includes text, audio, video, and interactive components that gives an excellent overview of climate solutions, including examples of the three main strategies: mitigation, adaptation, and geoengineering. These topics are presented clearly. This is a very well-produced and well-executed webpage that effectively conveys both the basics and the nuance of climate science solutions without overwhelming nor insulting the intelligence of students. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • 11-12.SL.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS.ESS3.4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS.LS2.7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
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