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Greta Thunberg


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


Science, Social Studies, Civics

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  • Videos, 11 minutes, 10 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, Europe


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The Disarming Case to Act Right Now on Climate Change

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  • In this video, Greta Thunberg explains why she walked out of school and organized a strike compelling listeners to take urgent action to address climate change. 
  • Students will learn about greenhouse gas emissions, the 2015 Paris Agreement, extinction rates, and other issues surrounding this sustainability crisis. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video is a compelling and emotional wake-up call urging immediate action. 
  • Greta Thunberg is relatable to students as she is a young person who talks about how climate issues impact her own future. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • This video has a highlighted transcript and subtitles available in 37 languages. 
  • It may help students to have familiarity with the Paris Agreement. 
  • Greta discusses her diagnosis with Asberger Syndrome and her period of anorexia, which may need to be addressed with students.


  • Language Arts classes could engage in writing tasks where students are asked to write reflection papers, citing the aspects of the video that they found to be most influential and inspiring. 
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made in social studies classes as students do a deeper dive into the Paris Agreement and research civics and equity issues that surround this treaty. 
  • Greta Thunberg claims that the climate crisis has already been solved. This interactive table of climate solutions from Project Drawdown lists solutions with their potential abilities to reduce global emissions. 
  • Other resources on this topic include this video which is an apology to future generations, this article about the power of individual and household actions to fight climate change, and this podcast which pieces together interviews about global solutions to climate problems. 
Scientist Notes
This is an inspiring piece, calling on everyone to take urgent climate action. Climate scientists have already provided accurate data on the climate system.  It is now imperative to take actions for a better and sustainable planet. This video is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.9-10.2 Analyze and synthesize multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats to determine credibility and accuracy of each source.
      • SL.11-12.2 Analyze and synthesize multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source noting discrepancies among data.
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