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Citizens' Climate Education


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, Economics, Civics, Geography

Resource Type

  • Podcasts, 30 minutes

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - South, South and Central America, Florida

From the Oil Fields in Venezuela to Climate Justice in the USA—Solemi Hernandez

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  • In this podcast, Florida resident Solemi Hernandez, an environmental justice advocate, shares her personal experiences with climate change and how she got involved in climate solutions in her community.
  • The podcast includes references to Hurricane Irma.
Teaching Tips


  • The podcast features the relatable and inspiring story of an everyday person that is involved in environmental justice.
  • The speaker explains why climate change is important to all communities, but especially the most vulnerable communities.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Before listening to the podcast, teachers may want to discuss Hurricane Irma and the devastating effects it had on the community, as this is an important part of Solemi Hernandez's story.


  • This podcast can be used as a catalyst for getting students thinking about ways in which they can become involved in environmental justice for their respective communities.
  • Students can discuss which communities are most vulnerable to climate change in their area and brainstorm ways to support these communities.
  • Students can identify and research a climate activist in their community and present their findings to the class.
Scientist Notes
The podcast is recommended for educators to prepare students for environmental and social justice advocacy.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.9-12.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
  • Social Studies
    • Civics & Government
      • Civics & Government 2 (D1): Students understand the constitutional and legal rights, the civic duties and responsibilities, and roles of citizens in a constitutional democracy and the role of citizens living under other forms of government in the world by comparing the rights, duties, and responsibilities of United States citizens with those of citizens from other nations.
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