Kim Stanley Robinson has authored many books, including the dystopian climate novel Ministry for the Future.
Robinson lists many solutions for reducing carbon in the atmosphere, which students could research and present to the class.
Civics, government, and social studies classes could debate the feasibility of the international solution that Robinson presents.
English classes could use this piece to inspire their own science fiction short stories about climate change.
This 10-minute TED talk envisions a possible future in which humans have substantially addressed climate change from the viewpoint of a look back from the year 2071. This is a version of the story from the recent science fiction novel The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson. This resource is an excellent example of envisioning the future through thought experiments and is a great way to start discussions of Earth's future. This resource is recommended for teaching.
English Language Arts
Reading: Literature (K-12)
11-12.RL.1 Analyze what the text says explicitly as well as inferentially, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain; cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis. Identify areas where the text leaves ideas unclear of unexplored.
11-12.RL.3 Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a literary text.
11-12.RL.5 Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
HS.ESS3.2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
HS.ESS3.4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
ETS1: Engineering Design
HS.ETS1.3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Civics and Government (K-12)
HS.11 Analyze and evaluate the methods for challenging, resisting, and changing society in the promotion of equity, justice, and equality.
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: National Economy (9-12)
HS.14 Evaluate the selection of monetary and fiscal policies in response to a variety of economic conditions and indicators and the role and function of the Federal Reserve.