Climate Change

December 3, 2017

Students learn about a few of the thousands of people who have fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. In small groups, students  discuss their stories and consider how they may be feeling about what has happened.  This companion lesson has students explore the climate refugee crisis worldwide.     ...

October 16, 2017

President Trump tweeted that Puerto Rico has "only itself to blame" for the financial crisis that plagued the island even before Hurricane Maria struck. This lesson explores that crisis and its causes with a quiz, reading, discussion, and extension activities.   

October 12, 2017

Students hear the performance of Lin–Manuel Miranda's song "Almost Like Praying," a benefit for the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Students discuss the song, see a video about how others have responded to the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico, and consider how they...

September 30, 2017

This activity uses a circle to help students process the many disasters that have struck people around the world in the summer and fall of 2017. It includes a more extended process about the post–Hurricane crisis in Puerto Rico.  

September 4, 2017

After an initial gathering, students read about and discuss the human and natural context for Harvey’s devastation. An extension activity has students research local climate change threats and consider how to address them.  

August 3, 2017

When President Trump announced that the U.S. would be pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, governors and mayors across the country announced that they were still on board and would continue their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this activity, students read about and discuss how...

January 16, 2017

Donald Trump has said that climate change is a "hoax." His appointee for Secretary of State is a former Exxon Mobil executive who now says he believes climate change is a serious threat. In two readings and in discussion, students explore what the Trump administration might mean for climate change...

April 3, 2016

What is fracking and what is its impact? Students explore the issue and the political landscape around it, including efforts by activists to ban the practice.  

January 9, 2016

In the closing days of 2015, some of the highest flood waters ever recorded hit the Mississippi River valley. This activity encourages students to empathize with flood victims, and to consider how we as individuals and as a community can best respond to floods and other climate change-related...

December 13, 2015

Students learn about the historic global climate agreement reached in Paris on December 12, 2015, and consider different reactions to it.