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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, Civics, Geography, English Language Arts, Justice

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North America, United States

Gerrymandering Is a Climate Problem

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  • This article outlines how gerrymandering impacts climate change legislation at the state level. 
  • This article includes information on redistricting vs. gerrymandering, gerrymandering and its effects in Ohio and Texas, different ways of redistricting, and environmental justice. 
Teaching Tips


  • This article shines a light on the problem of gerrymandering in the United States and how it hinders climate legislation.
  • This article links to many other resources for further research.

Additional Prerequisites

  • States redistrict their congressional maps after the decennial census, which happens every ten years. The last redistricting happened in 2020.


  • Art students can analyze the political cartoon at the top of the article.
  • Students in social studies or civics class can research their home state to see how their districts are drawn. Students can discuss whether they think their districts are gerrymandered or not.
  • Students can conduct further research using wonderful resources from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Two great resources include these climate opinion factsheets and these climate opinion maps.
Scientist Notes
This resource provides insights on redistricting and issues surrounding politics of climate change. It explores the political will from the different political parties towards addressing issues on environmental justice and climate change. This is recommended for teaching.

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: History/Social Studies (6-12)
      • RH.6-8.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • Social Studies
    • Active Citizenship in the 21st Century - Civics, Government, and Human Rights
      • 6.3.8.CivicsPI.4: Investigate the roles of political, civil, and economic organizations in shaping people’s lives and share this information with individuals who might benefit from this information.
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