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Author

Allison Frost

Grades

8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Podcasts, 52 minutes, 23 seconds
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Oregon

Oregon Youth Demand Action on Climate Change

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Synopsis
  • This podcast episode is about youth activists working towards climate change initiatives in Oregon, the short-term history of climate change legislation in Oregon, and climate change cases in the courts.
  • Students will learn about Oregon's goals for emissions reductions, Oregon policies around climate change, what young people can do about climate change, and current climate change movements in and around Oregon.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This interview is interesting to listen to or read and covers many topics related to climate change in Oregon.
  • Students will enjoy hearing from other young people and gaining new perspectives. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a good understanding of how climate change impacts people and how governments can step in to make changes around our changing climate. 

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in health classes that are discussing the mental health implications of climate change on young people.
  • A fun take on this resource would be to reenact the podcast like a play. Assign roles to students and have them read aloud to the class. 
  • After reading or listening, use this resource as a discussion starter. How do students feel about the actions being taken by the activists featured? Which actions seem the most impactful or important? What do students think next steps should be? 
  • As an extension activity, have students create their own podcast about a facet of climate change that they care about. 
Scientist Notes
This interview has been fact checked and this resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

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

  • Social Studies
    • Active Citizenship in the 21st Century - Civics, Government, and Human Rights
      • 6.3.8.CivicsPI.4: Investigate the roles of political, civil, and economic organizations in shaping people’s lives and share this information with individuals who might benefit from this information.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.CI.9–10.2 Determine one or more central ideas of an informational text and analyze how it is developed and refined over the course of a text, including how it emerges and is shaped by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
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