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Author

Pope Francis

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Civics

Resource Type

  • Videos, 12 minutes, 54 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global

Format

Downloadable MP4/M4V

Our Moral Imperative to Act on Climate Change and 3 Steps We Can Take

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Synopsis
  • In this video, Pope Francis delivers a speech describing his thoughts about the moral responsibility to act on climate change for current and future generations.
  • Pope Francis outlines three courses of action, including recognizing that environmental problems and human needs are intertwined, focusing on access to water and nutrition for all, and transitioning to clean energy sources.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Students can listen to a religious leader describe the reasons everyone, no matter their faith or views, should take action to stop contributing to climate change. 
  • The video uses an English language voice-over but a transcript of the Pope's speech is provided with a read-along feature.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should already have a basic understanding of climate change before watching this video.
  • There may be an ad before the video.

Differentiation

  • Providing subtitles or a printed version of the transcript may be helpful for students.
  • Students in social studies classes can use this resource to talk about the shared responsibilities of world leaders and citizens to address climate change or to analyze the effectiveness of the Pope's speech.
  • Pair this resource with this speech writing activity or this guided activity for creating a TED-style climate talk.
Scientist Notes
This 13-minute TED talk given by Pope Francis (dubbed in English) discusses the urgency of the climate crisis and the moral imperative for us to act. This resource touches on many topics including morality, ecology, economics, and politics. Three major approaches for addressing the climate crisis are outlined. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • Social Studies
    • Civics & Government
      • Civics & Government 1 (F2): 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 explaining how and why democratic institutions and interpretations of democratic ideals and constitutional principles change over time.
      • 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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