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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Civics, Social-Emotional Learning

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North America, United States, USA - Midwest

Youth Climate Story: Climate Action in Ohio

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  • This video features a young climate activist from Cleveland who started a local action team at her university to raise awareness about the climate crisis.
  • Students will learn about about the climate vulnerabilities of cities like Cleveland, including the urban heat-island effect, and how environmental injustice is impacting many of the people who live there.

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  • The video highlights some of the specific things that Alana did to get her action team off the ground, including coalition-building and planning a climate march.
  • This video is relatable because it features a young person who is taking charge of her future by using the resources she has available.

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  • Teachers have the option to sign up to create a free account, however this is not necessary in order to watch the video.
  • There are many resources that could supplement this video under the "Educator Resources" tab, but a free account is necessary to access most of them.
  • Teachers should define POC for students that are not familiar with the acronym.


  • This video could be the introduction to a lesson about environmental justice or urban heat and their impacts on communities of color. 
  • Have students explore another youth story about the effects that heat waves are having in her city of Los Angeles and then discuss the similarities and differences between the two.
  • After watching the video, have students write a reflection paper on environmental justice issues, possibly using additional environmental justice teaching resources to supplement learning.
  • After discussing Alana's action plan, brainstorm steps that could be taken in students' own communities to address climate change.
Scientist Notes
This video introduces Alana, a climate activist from Cleveland, Ohio. She discusses her thoughts on climate activism and climate change, then talks about what she does to make a difference. She also briefly mentions climate justice, urban heat, and how POC can be disproportionately affected. The video is inspiring and relatable for students who feel very aware of climate change but may feel overwhelmed by it. She also encourages community involvement, working together with others, and doing what you can with what you have. The information presented is accurate and 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.7.3 Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
      • SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
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