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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics

Resource Types

  • Video, 8 minutes, 38 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Article
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, New York City

Amanda Appelson: Bringing Plant-Based Solutions to Bodegas

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  • This video and corresponding materials highlight Plantega, a New York City business that makes plant-based food more accessible to New Yorkers, and its marketing manager, Amanda Appelson.
  • Students will learn that plant-based food can come in many varieties, food production accounts for a noteworthy percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions, and climate activism can be a productive way to manage one's eco-anxiety.
Teaching Tips


  • Students will enjoy the reference to New York City culture.
  • The interviewee emphasizes the importance of finding other people who share your values.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may help students to know how humans impact biodiversity and ecosystems worldwide.
  • Students should be familiar with greenhouse gas emissions and how they affect the environment.


  • Students can brainstorm how they can make their diets and lifestyles more sustainable.
  • This video can supplement a classroom activity where students analyze and compare the greenhouse gas emissions of common meats, drinks, and vegetables.
  • Social studies students can discuss how citizens can pressure institutions to address climate change sustainably.
  • This video can introduce an activity where students research and consider the plant-based options they have in their community.
Scientist Notes
The adoption of a plant-based diet is scientifically one of the individual lifestyle changes with the most impact on the climate. The climate science addressed in this video is accurate.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • 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.
  • Science
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6. Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
      • HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • Career Readiness, Life Literacies, & Key Skills
    • Life Literacies and Key Skills
      • 9.4.12.IML.5: Evaluate, synthesize, and apply information on climate change from various sources appropriately (e.g., 2.1.12.CHSS.6, S.IC.B.4, S.IC.B.6, 8.1.12.DA.1, 6.1.12.GeoHE.14.a, 7.1.AL.PRSNT.2).
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