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Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Health

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

Global

Plant-Rich Diets

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Synopsis
  • This report summarizes how plant-rich diets can be an effective solution to climate change.
  • Students will learn about the impact of individual food choices and the massive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that could be achieved through changes in agriculture and increasing access to more sustainable alternatives.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource could inspire students to consider a more plant-based diet to help reduce climate change.
  • The report provides many links to additional information related to the topic.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may be important to remind students that growing adolescents, athletes, and pregnant or nursing women may require more than the average number of calories to maintain health.

Differentiation

  • Students may be interested in starting a Meatless Mondays program at school or at home.
  • Students can use the Environmental Impacts of Food Data Explorer to further investigate the impacts of their diet.
  • Cross-curricular connections can be made with social studies classes when discussing the social and cultural aspects of changing your diet.
  • Cross-curricular connections can also be made with math classes by focusing on the statistical evidence presented in the report.
Scientist Notes

Scientific evidence from transitioning to a low calorie, nutritious, and plant-based diet can cut 43-68 Gigatons of carbon globally. The resource used country-level data from FAO which is appropriate and engaging for students to explore. Thus, there is no contradiction, and the resource is recommended.

Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-3. Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
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