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North America, United States, USA - South

Youth Climate Story: The Financial Burden of Storms in North Carolina

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  • In this video, a young person from North Carolina discusses the impacts of big storms and flooding on his family, particularly when his Mom is repeatedly unable to get to work. 
  • It details the actions that he took to get involved with his community and to learn more about the solutions to climate change.
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  • The video provides an example of a diverse youth who is negatively affected by more extreme weather and it highlights the need for solutions that help vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The teacher should have a general understanding of climate justice.
  • The video is available to view without an account.


  • In an economics class, this could be a good opening video to educate students about some of the financial costs of climate change.
  • This video could be used when discussing environmental justice in a social studies class, as the effects of more extreme weather are not felt equally.
  • This video could be used as a hook for discussions about climate adaptations and climate migrations.
  • Other videos related to this topic include this video and this table of solutions.
Scientist Notes

The video underscored the impact of climate change causing erratic weather, flooding, and other environmental stress. From these realities, it presented a background for youth to take action to save their future. There is no contradiction in the resource, and it 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.
      • 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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