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Earthrise, Jack Harries


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Civics

Regional Focus



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What YOU Can Do About Climate Change

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  • This video explains that the only way to end climate change is to stop causing damage to the Earth and start fixing the damage that has already been done. 
  • Students will learn that individuals can only do so much and that real change must occur at the cultural and systemic levels.
Teaching Tips


  • This video is inspiring and will encourage students to get involved in the climate movement.
  • Students will learn how people are working to mitigate the effects of climate change and enact changes that will positively impact our environmental future.

Additional Prerequisites

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  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in science or language arts classes that are working on climate change or argumentative writing.
  • This video would make a great conversation starter for what students can do about climate change. Consider having students work individually, in groups, or as a class to come up with a plan to counter climate change in their school, community, local, state, or national government.
Scientist Notes
The video explains strategic actions we can take to mitigate climate change impacts. It highlights the importance of transforming the way we live and consume and how we can make changes to draw down our carbon footprint. This resource is ideal for the classroom.

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

  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.1.12.GeoHE.14.a: Evaluate the impact of individual, business, and government decisions and actions on the environment and climate change and assess the efficacy of government policies and agencies in New Jersey and the United States in addressing these decisions.
  • 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.
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