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Resource Type

  • Videos, 3 minutes, 21 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - South, Louisiana


YouTube Video

A Look at Cancer Alley from the Front Lines

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  • This video shows the dangers that pollution has on human health and reveals how large companies can directly impact the well-being of entire cities. 
  • This short video includes interviews from citizens who live in a very polluted area of the United States and conveys their frustration about how low income, marginalized communities are disproportionately affected by chemical pollution. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video offers first-person accounts of the effects pollution can have on the well-being of human beings.
  • The interviews in the video are very powerful.
  • There is an online petition students can sign.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The people who are interviewed use some strong language, which is bleeped out.


Scientist Notes
The resource displays the impact of air pollution on human health. The main source of pollution is from petrochemical plants. This evidence shows a level of environmental injustice in Cancer Alley. Thus, the resource can inspire students to ask questions and advocate for climate and environmental justice. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.4.6-8 Explain how cultural patterns and economic decisions influence environments and the daily lives of people in both nearby and distant places.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2 Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
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