Climate Action

Climate Action

Watch this brief, video picture of practice that captures everyday classroom life and provides real-life examples of how students learn and think about climate change topics.


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Earth Science

Once students know what climate change is and what causes it, the next step is helping them to understand practical ways they can help reduce their own contributions to it. This can be difficult, because often students are told about car emissions and industrial emissions, both of which seem out of their control. They also may believe that reducing emissions to below previous levels would mean going back to "simpler times." Ideas such as using more candles or washing clothes by hand may sound good in theory but are not practical solutions for everyday life. It is important that students understand that other actions, such as reducing consumption of disposable items, increasing recycling, and unplugging electronics when they are not being used can go a long way in contributing to an overall decrease in carbon emissions and climate change.

Watch this video of 6th grade students in South Gate, California—a coastal community. The purpose of this classroom video is to see students discuss "the old-fashioned way" as a solution to climate change.

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Lindsey Mohan, Ph.D.
Tara G. Treiber, B.A. Natural Sciences: Ecology
Marcia S. Matz, M.A. Design
Nicole D. LaDue, M.A.T Earth Science Education
Jenny D. Ingber, Ph.D. Science Education
Jose Marcos-Iga, Ph.D. Natural Resources
Tania T. Hinojosa, M.Ed. Educational Technology
Cindy Olson
Kristen Dell, National Geographic Society
Lindsey Mohan, Ph.D.
Chelsea Zillmer
Expert Reviewers
Catie Boarts, Heal the Bay
Jenny D. Ingber
LuAnn Dahlman
Tara G. Treiber, Heal the Bay
Last Updated

January 2, 2024

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