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Youth Climate Story: Fracking in Pennsylvania

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  • This brief video gives a quick definition of fracking and focuses on the potential human health impacts for communities near industrial fossil fuel activities.
  • The video provides aerial footage of hydraulic fracturing sites and the cities around them. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video uses a youth voice to succinctly explain a complicated environmental justice issue related to fossil fuel extraction.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with how fossil fuels are mined and used in the United States.
  • The video is available without an account.


  • Closed captioning and subtitles can be enabled for students with learning differences or English language learners.
  • Consider having students think about who might have opposing arguments to this video and how to find common ground with those people.
  • This video would be an effective conversation starter before further investigation into the environmental health concerns of mining and burning fossil fuels.
Scientist Notes

People of color and low-income communities may be surrounded by fracking activities. This resource is suitable and recommended for teaching environmental and climate justice.

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