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Social Studies Resources for Teaching about the Climate Crisis

On September 21, 2019, young people from around the world are convening in New York for the UN Youth Climate Summit to call for action on the climate crisis.

To help address the critical issues related to climate and society, NCSS has compiled the following resources (students and teachers can also follow the youth activists on social media: #YouthClimateSummit and #ClimateAction.)

Secondary Level

Justice and Responsibility in a Changing Climate
The Choices Program, Brown University

Climate Change in the Social Studies Classroom: A Why and How to Guide Using the C3 Framework
Lori M. Kumler and Bethany Vosburg-Bluem

Simulating Global Climate Summits
Dean P. Vesperman, Turtle Haste, and Stephane Alrivy

Climate Change: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Headed Film Review of “Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization”
Lori Kumler

Middle Level

Whose Responsibility is it to Protect the Amazon?
Misty Galloway Tucker
Middle Level Learning January/February 2013

Ducks Ahoy! Plastic Debris and Ocean Currents
Caroline C. Sheffield and Ingrid S. Weiland

Elementary Level

The Climate is A-Changin': Teaching Civic Competence for a Sustainable Climate
Carolyn A. Harris, Pushker Kharecha, Pam Goble, and Ryan Goble

Science, Media, and Civic Literacy: Rachel Carson's Legacy for the Citizen Activist
Social Studies and the Young Learner

How Do We Shape Our Environment? An Inquiry from the New York State Social Studies Toolkit
Margaret Smith Crocco, Jay M. Shuttleworth, and Thomas Chandler

Creating a Solar-Powered Classroom with Fourth Graders
Scott Morrison and Aaron Sebens

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