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Maine Climate Action Now


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts, Social-Emotional Learning

Resource Types

  • Article
  • Artwork
  • Video, 16 minutes, 21 seconds
  • Video, 4 minutes, 11 seconds

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine



MCAN! Climate Stories

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  • This collection of climate poems, reflections, videos, and artistic expressions provides a variety of points of view and experiences about climate change that students may identify with.
  • This collection is from climate writing workshops completed in 2022 through MCAN.
Teaching Tips


  • The personal stories allow students to empathize with others and validate their own concerns or feelings.
  • This is a great SEL resource that connects climate change to language arts.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students will need access to the Internet to access the stories.
  • Students should be familiar with prose and poetry formats.


  • Language arts classes can select one story to review together as a class and then have students create their own climate story in the format you select.
  • Social studies classes could use these stories to connect to lessons about the importance of individual perspectives in governing and the importance of intergenerational representation and diversity in decision making.
  • Art classes could use these climate stories as inspiration for an art project and written statements about their climate experiences or feelings.
  • Consider having students research recent or ongoing climate disasters and have them write reflections about the disaster and the people affected.
Scientist Notes
This webpage explains and advertises a program in Belfast, ME that allows teenagers and young adults to explore their creative side and express their feelings and thoughts about climate change through different writing and art mediums. Below the information about the latest session are examples of climate pieces made in 2022. Many of the pieces are various forms of writing, but examples of some art are included. These pieces focus more on individuals' experiences, observations, and feelings rather than the science behind those things. However, the ideas that climate change is happening, impacts are getting more noticeable, and that it is overwhelming are presented in many pieces, which is accurate. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.11-12.5 Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
    • Reading: Literature (K-12)
      • RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details and provide an objective summary of the text.
      • RL.11-12.3 Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
  • Visual & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceiving and analyzing products.
      • 1.5.12prof.Re7a: Hypothesize ways in which art influences perception and understanding of human experiences.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
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