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MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative


11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, Civics, Geography

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Climate Justice Instructional Toolkit

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  • This toolkit provides numerous resources to teach an entire unit on climate justice, including educator guides, student worksheets, videos, data sets, and presentation modules.
  • Teachers can read the guides and watch the videos for a comprehensive tutorial about teaching about climate justice topics and using the provided materials in the classroom.
Teaching Tips


  • The guides and introductory information emphasize inspiring students to use their skills to affect change.
  • K-12 educators were involved in creating this toolkit and the speaker in the video is a former educator.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand the basics of climate change, its causes, and how it impacts people.
  • It may benefit students to understand inequality, oppression, and the historical contexts of injustice.
  • Teachers may want to watch the video series before teaching or assigning the modules in the classroom.


  • MIT originally designed these modules with college students in mind, but high school students can work through the modules as a large group or with more teacher support.
  • Teachers of younger learners can benefit from the teaching tips and adapt climate justice instruction to fit their needs.
  • The Starter Guide provides myriad examples for teaching climate justice through interdisciplinary lenses.
  • Math and science classes can use the data sets to graph and analyze data.
Scientist Notes
This climate justice toolkit is incredibly comprehensive. All information within is well-sourced and cited. There is not a lot of specific climate science to review, but it certainly is climate related.

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development and how they interact to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • RST.11-12.8 Evaluate the hypotheses, data, analysis, and conclusions in a science or technical text, verifying the data when possible and corroborating or challenging conclusions with other sources of information.
  • Mathematics
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • HSS.IC.B.6 Evaluate reports based on data.
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