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The Climate Reality Project

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, Civics, History

Resource Type

  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Environmental Justice 101

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Synopsis
  • This article outlines the basics of environmental justice and the history of the environmental justice movement.
  • It introduces readers to Doctor Robert Bullard, the "father of environmental justice."
  • The article links to various external sites, so readers can deepen their understanding of environmental justice.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This article is very useful in introducing the concept of environmental justice.
  • The language is straightforward and simple.
  • The timeline from 1982-2021 clearly shows the history of environmental justice.
  • The links provided offer students the chance to deepen their knowledge of the environmental justice movement.

Additional Prerequisites 

  • Students will need some understanding of "environmental justice."

Differentiation 

  • This source can be used as foundational knowledge before diving deeper into certain case studies of environmental justice like cancer rates in Cancer Alley, Louisiana, or the poisonous water in Flint, Michigan.
  • Students can do further research on the different items on the timeline.
  • Other resources related to these topics include this introductory video about environmental justice and this video from English politician David Lammy about the interconnectedness of racial justice and climate justice.
Scientist Notes
This article simplifies the history and origin of environmental justice and it provides a good foundation for students to learn how to take action to sustain their environment. The resource is a good blend for educators to teach students of this grade to fight environmental racism and sustain planet Earth.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.9-12.12 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • Social Studies
    • History
      • History 1 (D2): Students understand major eras, major enduring themes, and historic influences in United States and world history, including the roots of democratic philosophy, ideals, and institutions in the world by analyzing and critiquing major historical eras: major enduring themes, turning points, events, consequences, and people in the history of the world and the implications for the present and future.
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