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North America, United States, USA - West

Youth Climate Story: Permian Climate Bomb

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  • This video discusses the prevalence of oil and gas extraction from the Permian Basin in Texas and the negative effects it has on the communities in those areas.
  • The speaker, Miguel, talks about his personal experience living in Odessa, Texas and the urgency required in addressing climate change and environmental pollution.
Teaching Tips


  • This video provides a personal story from an individual affected by oil and gas extraction.
  • Its accompanying visuals make it easy to understand and follow.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the effects of mining on the environment.


  • This video could lead to a discussion on the connections between climate justice and social justice.
  • It could spark a discussion in a civics class on the steps local governments could take to minimize the effects of fracking in those environments.
  • Teachers could use this video to inform students about Earthworks and encourage students to do things in their community to mitigate climate change.
  • Teachers could use this in a geography class to highlight that activities in one state can affect neighboring states.
Scientist Notes
The video emphasizes how oil fracturing has affected locals in the Permian Basin. Their susceptibility has grown as a result, as this has had a domino effect on the quality of their water, air, and surroundings. It calls attention to the necessity of teamwork in order to stop fracking and restore the Basin. The use of this resource in the classroom is advised.
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