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Today's young people are facing a world that is already seeing the problems associated with greenhouse gas emissions and a warming planet. This activity features a video with a youth reporter who provides an overview of the causes of climate change and profiles some of the problems that are occurring as temperatures rise. Students discuss this topic with peers and organize their questions and ideas into classroom charts. A healthy Earth depends on informed youth ready to take action and this exercise enables students to share their thoughts about how they can become the environmental citizens of tomorrow.
This resource supports Grade 6-8 Science learning about climate change, the differences between weather and climate and human impacts on the environment. The video also encourages discussions about ecological footprints and sustainability.
This learning experience could be extended into a project in which the class creates and produces its own video news report about climate change impacts on their community. The students could feature local habitats and wildlife that might be affected, interviews with concerned stakeholders such as farmers and information about regional weather pattern changes and significant events like wildfires or flooding. They could post the video on social media, the school website and local community television.
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