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New York State Climate Act


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics, Civics

Resource Type

  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York

NY State Climate Justice Working Group

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  • This article examines the responsibilities and actions of New York's Climate Justice Working Group, the environmental legislation that this group is empowered by, and the geographical makeup of this group.
  • Students will read about the vote to approve criteria related to climate justice, the Climate Act's role in this group's work, and the representatives that comprise the group.
Teaching Tips


  • This article is well-organized and easy to understand.
  • This article provides students with positive information regarding climate change legislation.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Under the article, there is an archive of this group's past meetings.
  • It may help students to have an intermediate understanding of environmental injustice/racism.
  • Students should understand how air pollution impacts health.


  • Students can use this article for a research project on efforts to fight environmental injustice in the United States.
  • Language arts students can write informative pieces to explain environmental injustice.
  • This article can enhance a classroom discussion on groups that have dealt with environmental injustice and why this injustice occurred in the first place.
  • Students can research the Clean Air Act and other forms of environmental legislation.
  • After reading this article, history students can do more research to create a timeline of historical events that have contributed to the current circumstances of environmental racism and injustice.
Scientist Notes
This resource provides information about the NY Climate Justice Working Group. It includes information about how and why climate change impacts some communities and criteria to identify disadvantaged communities. This site is an excellent resource to see what is actively being done with climate justice in New York State. 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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