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Science, Social Studies

Resource Type

  • Videos, 3 minutes, 24 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States


YouTube Video

How the Climate Crisis Will Force a Massive American Migration

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  • This video summarizes the findings of a recent ProPublica report about the effects of climate change on human migration in the United States.
  • Students will learn about the locations in the United States where environmental conditions are already becoming difficult to survive and where people may go to escape the unlivable conditions.
Teaching Tips


  • This video is concise and illustrates the issue in a thoughtful way.

Additional Prerequisites

  • You may have to wait through commercials to get to the video on YouTube.


  • The link for the article from ProPublica will take you to the full story and provide more information and interactive maps to explore.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with economics and civics classes, as the video discusses the unequal distribution of climate-related disasters and the unequal ability to move or relocate to avoid them.
  • Other resources related to this topic include this StC lesson plan, this video, and this article.
Scientist Notes

The resource presents projections of climate change and also scenarios of impacts in the USA. If not addressed, many people will be hit hard, especially low-income communities and people of color. Some will migrate. This resource is recommended to teach students to analyze the scenarios and take climate action.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
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