• Views 18
  • Favorites

Database Provider


Rose M. Mutiso


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Economics, Civics, Justice

Regional Focus



Downloadable MP4/M4V

The Energy Africa Needs to Develop and Fight Climate Change

Ask a Question

  • In this TED Talk, Rose Mutiso, an energy researcher and thought leader from Kenya, explains why Africa's energy needs must be prioritized when using what's left of the world's carbon budget. 
  • She describes the problem of energy inequality and the responsibility that Western countries have to take the lead on decarbonization while allowing developing countries to adapt and prosper. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video highlights how climate change has disproportionately affected people in developing countries, and the responsibility that developed countries have to focus on equity.
  • The video provides a transcript and subtitles that are available in many languages.  

Additional Prerequisites

  • Before watching the video, consider having students highlight words they do not know or understand on a copy of the transcript and go over any new vocabulary. 


  • Civics or economics classes could use this video as part of an investigation on climate justice and to learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Related resources include this speech by Greta Thunberg and this course about climate equity. 
Scientist Notes
This TED talk discusses climate change challenges within Africa, with a particular focus on the historical emissions and climate impacts within Africa and from non-African nations. Issues of development, justice, and fairness are presented and a vision for a fair and just pathway that allows African nations to develop while more developed nations rapidly reduce their carbon emissions is presented. This resource is a good look at the complexity of international climate issues. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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

  • Social Studies
    • World History: Global Studies - Economics, Innovation, and Technology
      • 6.2.12.EconET.3.a: Determine how, and the extent to which, scientific and technological changes, transportation, and new forms of energy brought about social, economic, and cultural changes in the world.
      • 6.2.12.EconGE.5.a: Evaluate the role of the petroleum industry in world politics, the global economy, and the environment.
      • 6.2.12.EconGE.6.a: Evaluate efforts of governmental, non-governmental, and international organizations to address economic imbalances, social inequalities, climate change, health and/or illiteracy.
    • Active Citizenship in the 21st Century - History, Culture, and Perspectives
      • 6.3.12.HistoryCA.2: Analyze a current foreign policy issue by considering current and historical perspectives, examining strategies, and presenting possible actions.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-2. Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
  • Related Resources


    Login to leave a review