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Social Studies, Geography

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  • Videos, 3 minutes, 33 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Environmental Justice, Explained

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  • This video explains the concept of environmental justice using an example of a made-up city full of people of different races, ethnicities, income levels, and languages to illustrate real-life inequities.
  • It also connects climate justice with social justice with an example of small island nations that suffer extreme effects of climate change even though they have not contributed much to the problem historically.
Teaching Tips


  • This is a clear and concise summary of environmental justice.
  • Excellent graphics make this video easy to understand.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Prior knowledge of redlining may be helpful before viewing this video.
  • Prior knowledge of climate migration may be helpful. This video helps to explain population shifts in the United States.


  • This video can be used at the beginning of any lesson concerning environmental justice.
  • The video mentions historic responsibility for global emissions. This video is an excellent explainer showing who is most responsible for climate change.
  • Students can explore the EPA's Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool to better understand environmental justice. Students in the United States can explore their home cities or states.
Scientist Notes
This 4-minute video presents a short introduction to environmental justice. Is it simple and direct and provides a good overview of a range of topics including segregation, climate change, and inequality. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (D2): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by using inquiry to predict and evaluate consequences of geographic influences.
      • Geography 2 (F2): Students understand geographic aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and the world, including Maine Native American communities, by summarizing and interpreting the relationship between geographic features and cultures of Maine Native Americans, and historical and recent immigrant groups in Maine, the United States, and the world.
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