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Author

ACE

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Social-Emotional Learning, Climate Action

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest

Format

YouTube Video

Youth Climate Story: Fracking and Earthquakes in Ohio

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  • This video tells the inspiring story of a young climate activist's experience living with fracking-induced earthquakes. 
  • Cody has also led climate strikes and town halls in his community that focused on educating others about proposed legislation that incorporates climate action and social justice.

Positives

  • The video highlights an LGBTQ+ young adult and it stresses the effects of climate change on younger generations.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It does not contain scientific information about how fracking is linked to earthquakes, so you may want to provide some background about the process of mining using hydraulic fracturing and the pumping of waste fluids underground afterwards.
  • The video is available for public viewing.

Differentiation

  • Social studies classes could use this video to start a discussion about the effects of climate change on vulnerable populations. 
  • Science classes could use this video as a hook for lessons about plate tectonics, earthquakes, natural disasters, or mining.
  • Other resources about natural gas, methane, or hydraulic fracturing include this video about fracking in Pennsylvania, this article about fracking in Colorado, this video about natural gas, and  this video about the process of hydraulic fracturing. 

The video presented a strong point for young people to take urgent climate action to protect their future but could have also considered the fragile elderly and other population groups who are vulnerable to climate disasters. Hence, this resource is suitable for teaching.

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
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