This series of photographs highlights the effects human behavior has on wildlife and their habitats, bringing more attention to the climate crisis.
The photographs are accompanied by captions and text to provide additional context.
The photographs are stunning and show a diversity of wildlife.
A variety of regions are represented including the United States, Australia, the Arctic, South Africa, Antarctica, and Europe.
Some of the photographs, such as the dehorned rhino, might be difficult for students to view. A social and emotional check-in can be conducted to address some of the more upsetting photographs.
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Students can search for other images that demonstrate human-caused damage to wildlife or environments and do research to provide more context for the photograph.
Students in writing classes can create fictional stories from the perspective of an animal in one of the photographs.
Students in art classes can create hopeful images of the same animals from the photographs but in an environmentally sustainable future.
Other resources related to these topics include this gallery of climate-related photographs and this digital text that explains seven principles for effective visual climate communication.
This resource features images of creatures that are threatened by the environment and extreme weather. It presents a chance to take proactive steps to save and care for all animal species to mitigate the effects of approaching climate change. This tool is excellent for classroom use.
Science and Engineering
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
English Language Arts
R.9-12.6 Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Visual and Performing Arts
Visual Arts: Standard C1 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
D.C1.9-12prof.b Analyze how experiencing visual imagery affects the viewer’s understanding of the world.
D.C1.9-12acc.b Evaluate the effectiveness of an image to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of various audiences.