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Arctic Athabaskan Council, PBS Learning Media


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


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Videos, 2 minutes, 59 seconds, CC
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Polar Regions

A Subsistence Culture Impacted by Climate Change

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  • This video shows how the Athabaskan people in Alaska are being affected by climate change. 
  • Students will learn that changes in the climate have disrupted the ecosystems, causing salmon, blueberries, and other sources of food to decrease. 
  • This resource includes an article and discussion questions. 
Teaching Tips


  • Students can read the essay for background context before watching the video.
  • This is a good activity for virtual learning as there is a button to share the resource on Google Classroom.
  • This video shows a concrete example of how climate change affects people and the environment.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The article provides additional information about why the salmon population has decreased in Alaska.


  • Social studies or geography classes could use this video to show students how climate change impacts the environment as well as culture.
  • Students could work individually or in small groups to answer the discussion questions.
  • Other resources on this topic include this documentary film on how climate change is affecting Alaskan wildlife and this article on Native Alaskan youth activists.
Scientist Notes
This resource includes a short video that shows how indigenous Athabaskan communities live a subsistence lifestyle using resources from their surrounding environment and how this lifestyle is threatened by climate change. The resource includes a supporting essay and discussion questions. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS2: Earth’s Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 2 (F1): Students understand geographic aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and various world cultures, including Maine Native Americans, by explaining how geographic features have impacted unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and other nations.
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