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The People Who Caused the Climate Crisis Aren't the Ones Who Will Fix It

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  • In this video, Angela Mahecha Adrar discusses her thoughts about the communities affected most by climate change, who should lead the transition to a greener and more sustainable future, and the links between economic justice and social justice. 
  • She argues that solutions that improve social and economic outcomes for minorities and low-income families can also be effective solutions to fight climate change.
Teaching Tips


  • This video is an excellent resource to explore the social aspects of climate change and inspire students to take climate action.
  • Additional resources that would be helpful for further research into climate justice are listed below the video.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the unequal effects of climate change and the unequal burdens of environmental pollution.
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  • Consider using these mapping resources to explore where air quality and pollution from fossil fuels may be the worst in the students' region.
  • Social studies classes could use this video to extend this topic.
  • Students may have differing feelings and opinions after watching this video.  A helpful activity could be a debate or discussion about the topics addressed or by answering guiding questions in groups.
Scientist Notes
This 12-minute TED talk presents multiple examples of ways in which climate change is disproportionately affecting local communities that live in what the speaker calls "Sacrifice Zones." Personal anecdotes and community-scale solutions are shared from a wide range of communities and the concepts of environmental, racial, and climate justice are presented. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.9-12 Use disciplinary and interdisciplinary lenses to understand the characteristics and causes of local, regional, and global problems; instances of such problems in multiple contexts; and challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address these problems over time and place.
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
      • D4.8.9-12 Apply a range of deliberative and democratic strategies and procedures to make decisions and take action in their classrooms, schools, and out-of-school civic contexts.
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