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The Climate Reality Project


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


Science, Social Studies, Health

Resource Type

  • Videos, 8 minutes, 28 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - South, Alabama


YouTube Video

Climate Change & Our Health with Catherine Flowers

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  • This video features an interview with climate and social justice activist Catherine Flowers, a native of Lowndes County, Alabama.
  • Flowers works to improve the lives of people living in poverty who are disproportionately affected by climate change. 
  • Students will learn how warmer temperatures and a lack of infrastructure have caused the American South to be susceptible to tropical diseases. 
Teaching Tips


  • This firsthand account of the impact of climate change in the United States will inspire students to get involved in their communities.
  • Students will see that climate change and social equity are intertwined.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video discusses a variety of tropical diseases with which students may not be familiar, including hookworm and Zika.


  • Before watching the video, health classes could make lists of health problems associated with climate change. After watching the video, students could research tropical diseases that are present in the United States.
  • Social studies classes could discuss the role of infrastructure in protecting people's health and well-being. Students could brainstorm ways to design infrastructure with the realities of climate change in mind.
  • Other resources on this topic include this e-book on the health risks of climate change and this video on environmental racism in the Bronx.
Scientist Notes
The video underscores how the changing climate induces tropical diseases in temperate regions like America. It raises a concern to reduce the impact of climate change on human health by building smart infrastructure in rural communities and also engaging young people in climate activism. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • Social Studies
    • Civics & Government
      • Civics & Government 2 (F1): Students understand constitutional and legal rights, civic duties and responsibilities, and roles of citizens in a constitutional democracy by explaining the constitutional and legal status of "citizen" and provide examples of rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens.
      • Civics & Government 1 (D1): Students understand the ideals, purposes, principles, structures, and processes of constitutional government in the United States and in the American political system, as well as examples of other forms of government and political systems in the world by evaluating and comparing the relationship of citizens with government in the United States and other regions of the world.
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