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Youth Climate Story: Air Pollution in Los Angeles

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  • In this video, a high school student from Los Angeles talks about the impacts of increasing air pollution and heat waves on people in Southern California. 
  • She gives a personal example of a fellow student collapsing from heat stroke during a sports activity and discusses her feelings about how climate change may affect future generations.
  • The "Introduction to Climate Justice" lesson plan and an air pollution mapping activity are included with this resource.
Teaching Tips


  • This video provides a student's perspective and may be helpful for teaching empathy.
  • It highlights the health effects of climate pollution on young people.  

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  • Students could be asked to write a reflection essay or poem about the video in an English class.
  • The mapping air pollution activity could be used in a social studies or science class when discussing the effects of pollution from infrastructure and industry on communities.
  • Social studies and civics classes could use this video when discussing how societies may be impacted by more extreme weather events. 
  • Other similar resources include this video to future generations and this lesson plan about media literacy and critical thinking.
Scientist Notes

In the video, there is a contradiction that concrete surfaces absorbed a good portion of heat, thereby causing shoes to melt. Please note that concrete surfaces are not good heat absorbers, rather they are heat reflectors and conductors. The Earth surface is a good conductor of heat, hence the reason the shoe melted. Besides this, this resource is recommended for teaching.

  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.1.6-8 Construct maps to represent and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
      • 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.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.6-8 Draw on multiple disciplinary lenses to analyze how a specific problem can manifest itself at local, regional, and global levels over time, identifying its characteristics and causes, and the challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address the problem.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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