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Science, Social Studies, Civics, Health

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  • Videos, 2 minutes, 49 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Lesson Plans
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North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Illinois



Youth Climate Story: Climate Justice and Air Pollution in Illinois

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  • In this video, Tonyisha explains how marginalized communities in Chicago are being impacted by climate change and what young people can do to take action. 
  • The resource includes two lesson plans about environmental justice, a student worksheet, and a voting activity.
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  • This video provides a personal narrative from a young person in an at-risk community.
  • There are many ways to expand on this topic using the linked lesson plans and activity.

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Scientist Notes

Critical insight is provided to enable students to become more conscious in taking climate action. The video demonstrated the need to advocate for climate and environmental justice and vote for politicians who have great interest in tackling climate change. In the video, please note this oversight or error "industries harming soil pollution". Besides that, the resource is suitable and recommended for teaching.

  • 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.
  • Health
    • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
      • HE.1.12.3 Explain how environment (both physical and social) and personal health are interrelated.
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