In this creative activity, students will write a song about climate change solutions.
The resource also links to helpful articles about climate change.
The student handout links to a variety of amateur and professional climate-action songs, as examples.
This activity offers students a chance to work in groups or individually.
The linked Global Citizen article, "12 Essential Songs for Fighting the Climate Crisis," contains some songs and music videos which may not be appropriate for all students.
Younger students could write lyrics for a familiar tune such as "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" or "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" to make the task less daunting.
Older students could make music videos and play them for the class or during a school assembly.
Other resources on this topic include this lesson on hip hop and activism, this activity on writing a climate monologue, and this video on using art for activism.
This resource is intended to help students bridge creativity and awareness of climate change by writing a song about it. While some of the example songs provided may exaggerate some aspects, overall the scientific sources are valid. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Science and Engineering
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
English Language Arts
W.6-8.3 Routinely produce a variety of clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, audience, and purpose.
Visual and Performing Arts
Visual Arts: Standard A1 - Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
D.A1.9-12prof.b Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.
Visual Arts: Standard A2 - Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
D.A2.3.a Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.