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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Civics, Health

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  • Video, 2 minutes, 49 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Lesson Plan
  • Worksheet

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest



Youth Climate Story: Climate Justice and Air Pollution in Illinois

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  • In this video, Tonyisha explains how marginalized communities in Chicago are being impacted by climate change and what young people can do to take action. 
  • The resource includes two lesson plans about environmental justice, a student worksheet, and a voting activity.
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  • This video provides a personal narrative from a young person in an at-risk community.
  • There are many ways to expand on this topic using the linked lesson plans and activity.

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Scientist Notes

Critical insight is provided to enable students to become more conscious in taking climate action. The video demonstrated the need to advocate for climate and environmental justice and vote for politicians who have great interest in tackling climate change. In the video, please note this oversight or error "industries harming soil pollution". Besides that, the resource is suitable and recommended for teaching.

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6-8.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
  • Health Education
    • Standard 1: Health Concepts
      • 1.4.9-D Students analyze how one's environment and other factors impact personal health.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by using the geographic grid and a variety of types of maps, including digital sources, to locate and access relevant geographic information that reflects multiple perspectives.
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