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8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Economics, Civics, Geography

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  • Videos, 4 minutes, 34 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Rich vs. Poor: Who Should Pay to Fix Climate Change?

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  • This engaging video discusses the argument of who should be paying to fix climate change. 
  • The video clearly outlines the arguments on both sides of the story, leaving it open for discussion between students. 
Teaching Tips


  • The video uses a variety of music, graphics, and text to increase student engagement and understanding.
  • Discussion and debate among students can easily stem from the neutral evaluation of both sides of the story.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students would benefit from a basic understanding of fossil fuels and climate change.
  • There is an advertisement in the video. Content finishes at 4 minutes, 15 seconds.


Scientist Notes
This resource highlights the need to support poor countries to respond to climate change. It provides in detail the importance of taking global climate actions by both rich and poor countries to reduce consequences of climate change at the present and in the future. This resource is suitable and recommended for teaching.
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      • Global Connections (F2): Students understand economic aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and the world, including Maine Native American communities, by analyzing how resource distribution effects wealth, poverty, and other economic factors.
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