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Author

Our Climate Voices

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, Civics, Justice, Climate Action

Resource Type

  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - South

Jayden Foytlin | Rayne, Louisiana

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  • Jayden, an Indigenous climate activist from Louisiana, describes the impacts of flooding due to climate change on her home and family. 
  • Jayden discusses the challenges in rehabilitating her home after flood damage and the continued anxiety of a flooding event occurring again. 
  • The case of Juliana v. U.S. is discussed, which is a climate change lawsuit brought by the youth of America against the U.S. government. 

Positives

  • Students can engage with a first-person narrative of a young adult detailing the impacts of flooding on her family's home and the action she is taking to raise awareness about climate change in her community.
  • This article discusses the burden placed on many lower income communities due to environmental racism.
  • Ideas on how youth can take action to fight climate change are listed below the article.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the increase in severe weather related to climate change.

Differentiation

  • A discussion and investigation of local impacts of climate change may help students connect with the author's point of view.
  • A graphic organizer may help students organize their thoughts and information presented.
Indigenous climate activists are integral to fighting climate change. This resource shows they can use their knowledge about climate change to solve climate crisis in the homes and communities. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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

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    • Reading: History/Social Studies (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
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