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Jonathan Watts, The Guardian


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, English Language Arts, World Languages, Spanish

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  • Interactive Media

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Environmental Groups Call Upon Brazil, African Nations to Save Native Lands

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  • This article describes that the most efficient way of protecting forests globally is by expanding tribal land rights. 
  • The article, available in Spanish and English, discusses the benefits of forests, their ability to fight climate change, where forests are most at risk, and the need for native communities to have more rights. 
  • There is also an optional suggestion for a writing assignment and an interactive quiz about the article available on the site. 
Teaching Tips


  • The article provides a clear and logical argument for the need to increase tribal land rights and protect some of the world's largest forests.

Additional Prerequisites

  • You must have an account with Newsela to access and distribute the article. In order to create the account, you must provide some basic information, including the name and location of your school.


  • Civics and social studies classes could use this resource to describe the global benefits of expanding human rights and Indigenous rights.
  • Similar human rights-based solutions to climate change exist, such as this resource about expanding equal rights for women and girls.
Scientist Notes
The resource explores the capacity of environmental groups and civil societies in advocating for climate action and integrating Indigenous youth to protect biodiversity and native lands and fight climate change. This is recommended for teaching.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.9-10.1 Cite relevant textual evidence that strongly supports analysis of what the text says explicitly/implicitly and make logical inferences; develop questions for further exploration. (RI&RL)
  • Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
    • Standard 6: Students analyze the dynamic balance between natural and cultural systems.
      • ELS.EN6.B.m Analyze how individual and civic dispositions and different perspectives on personal and collective responsibility, rights, and equity influence decision-making and impact natural and cultural systems. Investigate individual and societal rights to and responsibility for a healthy environment, equity, and a sustainable community and describe tensions that may arise when making decisions for the common good. Explain how the decisions of one generation create opportunities for and impose constraints on future generations.
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