Youth Energy Squad
Ted Talk Compare and Contrast
Context: Climate change is a signature issue of our generation and threatens human life on earth more than anything else has in human history. Additionally, the impacts of climate change are and will continue to be felt most directly by communities of color and people experiencing poverty. The coronavirus pandemic, while not directly related to climate change, demonstrates how our communities might respond to such an event, as both threaten human health and call our communal and economic practices into serious question. Therefore, this time is an especially appropriate one to learn about climate change and its impacts.
Below are two Ted Talks which focus on those impacts and provide potential solutions to this global issue. There are guiding questions provided.
Goals: Age Group: grades 9-12
Critical thinking about the impacts of climate change
Making connections from a global issue to your own personal experience
Supplies: Time: 30- 45 min
Laptop/phone for meeting
Pencil and a sheet of paper
Access to internet
Talk about what the videos are about in general and give questions and things to think about.
Ask them to take notes.
Watch video 1 then talk about it (climate change will displace millions. Here’s how we prepare) https://www.ted.com/talks/colette_pichon_battle_climate_change_will_displace_millions_here_s_how_we_prepare
Watch video 2 and talk about it (The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it) https://www.ted.com/talks/katharine_hayhoe_the_most_important_thing_you_can_do_to_fight_climate_change_talk_about_it
Compare and contrast the two
Students can draw a compare and contrast chart on paper and take a few minutes to fill it out and then share with everyone in an open discussion.
What evidence do we have to say that climate change is real?
How has climate change affected the world so far?
What is climate justice?
What can you do to help address climate justice?
What are some challenges we can face trying to be carbon neutral by 2050?
What are some solutions to climate change?
Why is it important to talk about climate change?
What are some reasons people don’t believe in climate change?
What is the problem?
How does this activity relate or connect with your present or future?
activity created by Jayme Ham