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Pope Francis


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Civics

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  • Videos, 12 minutes, 54 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus



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Our Moral Imperative to Act on Climate Change and 3 Steps We Can Take

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  • In this video, Pope Francis delivers a speech describing his thoughts about the moral responsibility to act on climate change for current and future generations.
  • Pope Francis outlines three courses of action, including recognizing that environmental problems and human needs are intertwined, focusing on access to water and nutrition for all, and transitioning to clean energy sources.
Teaching Tips


  • Students can listen to a religious leader describe the reasons everyone, no matter their faith or views, should take action to stop contributing to climate change. 
  • The video uses an English language voice-over but a transcript of the Pope's speech is provided with a read-along feature.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should already have a basic understanding of climate change before watching this video.
  • There may be an ad before the video.


  • Providing subtitles or a printed version of the transcript may be helpful for students.
  • Students in social studies classes can use this resource to talk about the shared responsibilities of world leaders and citizens to address climate change or to analyze the effectiveness of the Pope's speech.
  • Pair this resource with this speech writing activity or this guided activity for creating a TED-style climate talk.
Scientist Notes
This 13-minute TED talk given by Pope Francis (dubbed in English) discusses the urgency of the climate crisis and the moral imperative for us to act. This resource touches on many topics including morality, ecology, economics, and politics. Three major approaches for addressing the climate crisis are outlined. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • 11-12.SL.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, perspective, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 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.
  • Social Sciences
    • Social Science Analysis (K-12)
      • HS.75 Evaluate options for individual and collective actions to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
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