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Solli Raphael


8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Videos, 3 minutes, 12 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, Oceania


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  • This video features Australian slam poet Solli Raphael delivering his poem with music and images in the background.
  • This poem focuses on climate change, plastic pollution, and policy change. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video features black-and-white photographs of climate protests interspersed with Raphael delivering his poem.
  • Background music adds urgency and intensity to the mood of the poem.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Solli Raphael was 13 years old when this video was produced.
  • Greenpeace Australia Pacific produced this video.
  • Solli Raphael's poem references several Australian landmarks, including the Adani coal mine, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Great Australian Bight.


  • Language arts and creative writing students could watch this video for inspiration before writing their own climate-related poems. Students could include elements pertinent to their location (e.g., students in California could focus on wildfires).
  • English language arts students could analyze Raphael's poem, noting the use of figurative language and other poetic devices.
  • This video could be used in a variety of settings to motivate and inspire students to take climate action.
  • Related poetry videos include "Earthrise" by Amanda Gorman, "Dear Future Generations: Sorry" by Prince EA, and "What Happened When We All Stopped" read by Jane Goodall.
Scientist Notes

Plastic pollution and e-waste are global environmental problems. This resource calls on the government and individuals to halt plastic pollution and implement actions to protect biodiversity, forest and marine resources, and the natural environment. This resource is recommended for teaching.


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

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.ES.9-10.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any false reasoning or distorted evidence.
      • SL.ES.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.
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