Environmental Justice


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Climate Change, Children and Youth/ UNICEF Canada

This guide has been created to support secondary school educators in their efforts to work with youth to take action on climate change. Through the thought-provoking activities contained here, students will have the opportunity to nurture their compassion and discover how climate change is affecting children around the world, especially children in developing countries. This guide offers students a chance to engage in global climate change issues including natural disasters, food security, energy, health and water water, food , and understand their role in contributing to existing conditions, as well as opportunities for change. Students are encouraged to consider taking action on a personal, school, and community level, as well as at a global scale.

Climate Interactive

Based on a long tradition of system dynamics modeling, our simulations and insights help people see connections, play out scenarios, and see what works to address climate change, inequity, and related issues like energy, health, and food. Suitable for highschool, university and adult informal education.

Climate Justice in British Columbia

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the BC Teachers’ Federation have teamed up to create free classroom-ready materials that help students engage with the two great inconvenient truths of our time: climate change and rising inequality. And we don’t stop at small-scale personal choices, climate justice looks to how we can re-imagine the systems around us to make a better life for everyone. Consisting of eight modules designed for students in grades 8 to 12 (adaptable for intermediate), the package explores climate justice within the context of BC’s communities, history, economy and ecology.

Environmental Justice Literacy Curriculum

The curriculum aims to improve environmental justice literacy by providing an overview of the history of environmental justice—looking at the intersection between environmental and civil rights movements in America—and helping students to connect this history with current events in their own communities. Students learn how to study specific environmental justice issues and actively address them.

Global Dimension / UK

This platform brings together resources, case studies and background information to help teachers and other educators bring a global dimension to their work.

InTeGrate - Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future

InTeGrate materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. They challenge students to address interdisciplinary problems, engage in geoscientific habits of mind, work with authentic geoscience data and develop system thinking. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.

Learning To Give

Service-Learning Project Ideas Related to Environmental Justice: This toolkit will guide instruction and provides ideas for service project ideas and community resources. This is designed to spark ideas for learning and actions related to understanding and impacting environmental justice.

Making the Change: Female Climate Fighters

"These resources use a film narrated by poet Roger McGough to look at how women in Bolivia, Philippines, Zimbabwe and the UK have been affected by climate change, and how they are responding. Download our creative, cross-curricular teaching resources to explore the issues in greater depth with your learners. Stimulate discussion and debate, and support them to speak up and have their say."

NXTerra - University of Californai and Californai State University

UC-CSU NXTerra is a resource for college teachers from across all disciplines and anyone seeking to enhance their teaching and learning about the climate crisis, critical sustainability, and climate justice studies, both inside and outside the classroom.

Protecting Our Sacred Water

Together with our partner organization, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, and a group of First Nation and Métis Elders and educators, the LSF has created a guide called “Protecting our Sacred Water.” Protecting our Sacred Water helps educators and youth program facilitators bring education for sustainable development to their students/youth in a transformative way through action projects.

Reframing the Curriculum: Design for Social Justice and Sustainability

Reframing the Curriculum is a practical, hands-on guide to weaving the concepts of healthy communities, democratic societies, and social justice into academic disciplines.

Resources4Rethinking

Welcome to Resources for Rethinking. R4R.ca provides immediate access to more than 1000 quality classroom resources. Developed by Learning for a Sustainable Future, R4R.ca connects teachers to lesson plans, books, videos and other materials that explore the environmental, social and economic dimensions of important issues and events unfolding in our world today. R4R resources have been reviewed by experienced classroom teachers and matched to relevant curriculum outcomes for each province and territory.

Schools for Climate Action

We help school boards, student councils, school environmental clubs, PTA's, teachers' unions, and school support organizations to pass resolutions that do 3 things:Drive a paradigm shift so people recognize climate change as a generational justice and equity issue. Clearly articulate the political will for all elected leaders, especially Members of Congress, to support or enact common-sense climate policies (such as carbon pricing, 100% clean energy policies, green infrastructure investments, and just transition plans). Celebrate and expand school district responses to climate change.

Teach Climate Justice Campaign - Zinn Education Project

The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in classrooms across the country. For more than ten years, the Zinn Education Project has introduced students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula.

Voices from the Valley

VOICES FROM THE VALLEY (formerly “25 Stories from the Central Valley”) uses photos, oral history, theater and the news media to paint a vivid picture of the environmental toxins that “the other California” lives with every day.