Sustainability is as much about equity as it is saving the environment. Lessons from Learning Lab can help educators guide students through the critical examination of themselves, others, institutions and events to find patterns of inequality, then explore possible solutions to the problems they’ve identified.
Check out this month's selection of three lessons that empower students to question unjust situations, and envision how you can incorporate them into your classroom plans this year:
- Grades 5–6: Air Quality Index, created by EcoRise and RIS. In this lesson, students reflect upon how their actions can have an impact on the entire atmosphere, and then they brainstorm actions they can take personally and as a class to help alleviate air pollution. Access the Spanish version of this lesson.
- Grades 9–12: Sustainable Cities: Nature-Based Solutions in Urban Design, Part 3, created by The Nature Conservancy. In this lesson, students explore the concept of environmental justice and explore data and current events that illustrate instances where environmental injustices have occurred.
- Grades 9–12: Water Quality Issues and Youth Environmental Leadership, created by Roots of Success. This lesson helps students think about the interconnectedness between natural systems, biological systems and social systems in the context of water issues in the San Joaquin Valley of California.