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  • Videos, 6 minutes, 32 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Connecticut


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Surprising Solutions for Climate Change - Empower Women and Girls!

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  • This video briefly discusses the positive impacts of educating girls and empowering women as solutions for climate change. 
  • The video features Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Anthony Leiserowitz, and Gina McCarthy. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video addresses an impactful but less well-known solution to climate change.
  • This also ties into an economic concept of investing in women to benefit society (known as positive externalities). 

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  • You may have to wait through a commercial to get to the video.


  • The first two minutes of the video directly focus on the importance of educating girls and providing equal opportunities to women in order to fight climate change.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made when discussing equal rights and cultural norms in other locations or communities.
Scientist Notes

The resource underscores the significance of engaging more women to be actively involved in the climate change discourse. The resource is recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.12.9-12 Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
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