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Project Look Sharp, Sox Sperry


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, Civics

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  • Lesson Plans
  • Videos, 3 minutes, 42 seconds
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 36 seconds

Regional Focus

North America, United States, Africa


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The Urgency of Climate Action

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  • This is a 30-60-minute media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two video clips that will inspire young people to become climate change champions.
  • The first video is of Desmond Tutu discussing the urgent need for climate action.
  • The second video is a clip from the documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which is about Former Vice President Al Gore's continued climate change advocacy.
Teaching Tips


  • The lesson plan has discussion questions for social studies, science, ELA, and media literacy, which teachers can select from to customize this activity.
  • The lesson plan and the videos can be downloaded and used offline.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers should review the "How to Use These Materials" document prior to using the activity with students.
  • Teachers must create a free Project Look Sharp account to access these materials.


  • This activity can vary in length depending on how it is used. For a shorter activity like a bellringer or hook, teachers can select one or two questions, and for a longer activity, more questions can be used.
  • This activity is ideal for creating awareness about the lives of people in underdeveloped countries.
  • This can be used in a media literacy class to discuss the use of effects, music, and other filmmaking techniques.
  • Students could use these videos as inspiration to create their own videos encouraging climate action.
  • Other similar activities by Project Look Sharp include What Is Environmental Justice?Community Responses to Climate Disaster Recovery, and Transition to Renewable Energy Now.

Scientist Notes
Students can explore to gain a wide latitude on climate activism, climate justice, and the importance to take urgent climate action. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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

  • Career Readiness, Life Literacies, & Key Skills
    • Life Literacies and Key Skills
      • 9.4.12.GCA.1: Collaborate with individuals to analyze a variety of potential solutions to climate change effects and determine why some solutions (e.g., political. economic, cultural) may work better than others (e.g., SL.11-12.1., HS-ETS1-1, HS-ETS1-2, HS-ETS1-4, 6.3.12.GeoGI.1, 7.1.IH.IPERS.6, 7.1.IL.IPERS.7, 8.2.12.ETW.3).
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.II.9-10.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, qualitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
      • SL.ES.9-10.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any false reasoning or distorted evidence.
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