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Social Studies, Economics, Civics, Geography

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  • Videos, 4 minutes, 34 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Rich vs. Poor: Who Should Pay to Fix Climate Change?

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  • This engaging video discusses the argument of who should be paying to fix climate change. 
  • The video clearly outlines the arguments on both sides of the story, leaving it open for discussion between students. 
Teaching Tips


  • The video uses a variety of music, graphics, and text to increase student engagement and understanding.
  • Discussion and debate among students can easily stem from the neutral evaluation of both sides of the story.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students would benefit from a basic understanding of fossil fuels and climate change.
  • There is an advertisement in the video. Content finishes at 4 minutes, 15 seconds.


Scientist Notes
This resource highlights the need to support poor countries to respond to climate change. It provides in detail the importance of taking global climate actions by both rich and poor countries to reduce consequences of climate change at the present and in the future. This resource is suitable and recommended for teaching.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog3.a.h Evaluate, in both current and historical contexts, how the prospect of gaining access to resources in contested zones creates competition among countries. Assess how and why consumption of resources (e.g., petroleum, coal, electricity, steel, water, food) differs between developed and developing countries now and in the past.
    • Political Science
      • SS.PS3.d.m Analyze how governments address and solve problems through the public policy process.
  • 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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