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Catrina Randall, Friends of the Earth Scotland


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Civics, English Language Arts, Justice, Social-Emotional Learning

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  • Article

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Why Climate Change Is an LGBTQ+ Issue

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  • This brief article examines how climate change has impacted the LGBTQ+ community, the connection between solving climate change and gaining rights for LGBTQ+ people, and how the LGBTQ+ community is uniquely equipped to fight climate change.
  • Students will learn that LGBTQ+ people are more likely to be severely impacted by natural disasters and that this community knows how to build solidarity and effectively advocate for human rights.
Teaching Tips


  • This article has a very broad geographical scope.
  • This article highlights the distinct experiences of racial minorities within the LGBTQ+ community.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students need to understand why climate change leads to more natural disasters. 
  • Students need to have a basic understanding of discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.


  • This article could support a lesson on the social, economic, and political impacts of climate change.
  • After reading the article, the teacher could lead a classroom discussion on why natural disasters impact some groups more than others.
  • This article could enhance a classroom discussion about the critiques levied against capitalism.
  • For government or civics classes, this article could supplement a mini-lesson about the Department of Homeland Security, its responsibilities during a natural disaster, and how this department has handled this responsibility in the past.
Scientist Notes
This article discusses how and why climate change adversely affects the LGBTQ+ community. It also addresses how the LGBTQ+ community is a great resource and has skills that are key in the fight against climate change. The article does not dive into the science of climate change or details of oppression and its causes. However, the article links to other articles and is a great introduction to the topic of climate justice and how it relates to LGBTQ+ communities. Other resources may be needed, beyond linked articles, if any of the topics in the article want to be explored further. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: History/Social Studies (6-12)
      • RH.9-10.5 Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development and how they interact to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
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