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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts

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  • Article

Regional Focus


What the Queer Community Brings to the Fight for Climate Justice

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  • This article highlights how members of the trans and queer community are disproportionately impacted by climate change and the reasons why climate justice is especially important for this community.
  • Students will learn about the strides that trans and queer climate justice advocates have already made and the climate risks for LGBTQ+ individuals, paying particular attention to those who are black, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous, or low-income.
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  • This article references the specific struggles of one of the authors, which makes the content especially powerful. 
  • This resource includes nine links within the text to other related resources. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may help to have a map available to point out the locations referenced in the article, where many trans and queer communities exist. 


  • Students could work in groups to discuss ways that public policies could shift to protect and serve all people.
  • Teachers could assign each link within the article to a different group, asking the groups to present their findings to the class.
  • After reading this article, art classes could come up with an artistic expression of climate justice or explore the artwork created by other young artists as they express their grief about climate change and their desire for environmental and climate justice.
Scientist Notes
People at the margins of society, particularly young, displaced members of the LGBTQ community, are some of the most vulnerable to the climate crisis, and in order to fully address the climate crisis, this inequity needs to be addressed. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • 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.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.9-12.4 Read various texts closely to determine what each text explicitly says and to make logical inferences; cite specific textual evidence to support conclusions drawn from the texts.
      • R.9-12.7 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in various texts, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
      • R.9-12.9 Assess how perspective or purpose shapes the content and style of various texts.
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