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  • Videos, 3 minutes, 34 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Ohio


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Youth Climate Story: Fracking and Earthquakes in Ohio

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  • This video tells the inspiring story of a young climate activist's experience living with fracking-induced earthquakes in Ohio. 
  • Cody has also led climate strikes and town halls in his community that focused on educating others about proposed legislation that incorporates climate action and social justice.
Teaching Tips


  • The video highlights an LGBTQ+ young adult and it stresses the effects of climate change on younger generations.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It does not contain scientific information about how fracking is linked to earthquakes, so you may want to provide some background about the process of mining using hydraulic fracturing and the pumping of waste fluids underground afterwards.
  • The video is available for public viewing.


  • Social studies classes could use this video to start a discussion about the effects of climate change on vulnerable populations. 
  • Science classes could use this video as a hook for lessons about plate tectonics, earthquakes, natural disasters, or mining.
  • Other resources about natural gas, methane, or hydraulic fracturing include this video about fracking in Pennsylvania, this article about fracking in Colorado, this video about natural gas, and  this video about the process of hydraulic fracturing. 
Scientist Notes

The video presented a strong point for young people to take urgent climate action to protect their future but could have also considered the fragile elderly and other population groups who are vulnerable to climate disasters. Hence, this resource is suitable for teaching.

  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • 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.
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
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