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Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Health

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How to Change Your Diet to Fight Climate Change

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  • This video describes the impact of food production on global greenhouse gas emissions, land use, and deforestation. 
  • Students will learn about some of the foods with the biggest footprints and some with the smallest footprints. 

Teaching Tips


  • This video helps put food production and individual food choices into perspective.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the terms carbon footprint, methane, and greenhouse gas.


  • Students could explore their own footprints using the Footprint Calculator or the Environmental Impacts of Food Data Explorer.
  • Students could research high-protein meat alternatives, such as beans, seeds, whole grains, and nuts.
  • In health classes, students could create a meal plan that both meets their nutritional needs and minimizes the environmental impact.
Scientist Notes

The resource underpins the efficacy of switching to a plant-based diet. Students will gain knowledge on how this would have a triple effect by reducing our carbon footprint, improving our health, and sustaining our planet. Data sources and outputs are accurate. The resource is recommended for teaching.


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

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
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