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Environmental Justice Atlas


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics, Civics, Geography, Justice, Health, World Languages, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Other

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus


Map of Airport-Related Injustice and Resistance

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  • This interactive map shows sites of conflict related to airports and aviation around the world.
  • Students can also use the map to explore CO2 emissions from aviation by country (and per-capita, tourism-adjusted data), observe where all major and mid-size airports are located around the world, and explore countries' vulnerability to climate disruptions.
Teaching Tips


  • Students can explore the details of conflicts happening all over the world related to airports and aviation by clicking on the location.
  • After clicking on a location, students can click "see more" and then select from seven orange language icons in the sidebar to view the entire site in translation.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a map.
  • Students must de-select options in the legend to see other options if they are listed below the previously selection option.


  • Students could choose a site and do research to find more updated information on the conflict.
  • In social studies or civics classes, students could discuss what purposes maps like this one could serve in slowing airport-related climate change problems.
Scientist Notes
This resource is suitable for providing insights on airport-related conflicts as a result of land degradation. 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
      • HS-ESS3-3. Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among the management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
      • HS-ESS3-5. Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth’s systems.
  • Career Readiness, Life Literacies, & Key Skills
    • Life Literacies and Key Skills
      • 9.4.12.IML.5: Evaluate, synthesize, and apply information on climate change from various sources appropriately (e.g., 2.1.12.CHSS.6, S.IC.B.4, S.IC.B.6, 8.1.12.DA.1, 6.1.12.GeoHE.14.a, 7.1.AL.PRSNT.2).
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