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What Is Climate Adaptation?

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  • This animated video explains the concept of climate adaptation and the many ways nature can help us mitigate and adapt to climate change.
  • The video introduces students to different ways communities can adapt to climate change, such as through ecosystem protection and resilient agriculture, and the challenges they may face.

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  • The video uses engaging animations to explain concepts like extreme weather, carbon sequestration, and inequality.
  • The video highlights how those disproportionately impacted often have the least access to adaptation solutions.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Before watching the video, students should understand the causes and effects of climate change.
  • Students should understand the concepts of resiliency and vulnerability.
  • The video ends at 2 minutes, 11 seconds.


  • It is essential that students are aware that many of the most affected communities have already been adapting to climate change for years, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to do so.
  • Science classes can use this video to make an emotional connection to lessons about ecosystems, the carbon cycle, the water cycle, photosynthesis, and marine ecosystems.
  • Although not mentioned in the video, students should also know that the most affected communities are especially in need of financing for these solutions.
  • This video can be used to introduce students to the concept of climate justice.
  • This resource can also be used in health classes during lessons about the effects of climate change on health outcomes and in social studies classes during lessons about equity.
Scientist Notes
This video discusses climate adaptation and why it is important. Most of the solutions discussed are focused on protecting nature, different habitats, and cleaning up these areas. In talking about these solutions, viewers can learn how nature has evolved to protect itself. The video shows the severity of climate change while being optimistic. The information presented 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
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • Science
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
      • HS-LS2-4. Use mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem.
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