Educator Resources-Climate Change

Message to Educators:

For instructors and community organizers using the book to teach climate change, we have provided the below resources which you can use and build upon. Please join the member community if you would like to share how you adapted the resources and to build community with other educators.

Chapter Resources

Additional Resources

The Climate Justice Syllabus is an online learning tool to help the people of the climate movement, activists, educators, policymakers, and interested individuals understand the complexity of climate change and why it demands an approach of climate justice.

Climate Justice Reading List by John Platt

Media Resources


Discussion/ActivityNumber of ParticipantsDuration
Group Discussion
1. In terms of climate change, we are often told to Think GloballyAct Locally? What local actions can we take to stem global climate change?
2. What is the relationship between climate change and institutional racism, sexism, and classism in the U.S.?
3. How does the climate disaster contribute to global inequalities and what concrete action can we take to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change on already marginalized communities?
Policy Exercise

This exercise helps students assess a policy proposal around climate change and develop language around policy recommendations and their implications.

1. Instructions to Students
The Green New Deal is a congressional resolution that lays out a grand plan for tackling climate change.

In groups of 5, read the plan and answer the following:
1. What is good about the
2. What is bad?
3. What would you have done
4. Who do you think this plan
is aimed at?
5. What do you think is the plan’s feasibility?
2. Give students 30 minutes to read and answer the questions.
3. Give each group 5 minutes to present their answers to the lager group. Facilitate a discussion on the differences and similarities between their answers for 20 to 30 mins.