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Project Look Sharp, Sox Sperry


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, Civics

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  • Lesson Plans
  • Videos, 3 minutes, 42 seconds
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 36 seconds

Regional Focus

North America, United States, Africa


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The Urgency of Climate Action

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  • This is a 30-60-minute media literacy and critical thinking activity in which students analyze two video clips that will inspire young people to become climate change champions.
  • The first video is of Desmond Tutu discussing the urgent need for climate action.
  • The second video is a clip from the documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which is about Former Vice President Al Gore's continued climate change advocacy.
Teaching Tips


  • The lesson plan has discussion questions for social studies, science, ELA, and media literacy, which teachers can select from to customize this activity.
  • The lesson plan and the videos can be downloaded and used offline.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers should review the "How to Use These Materials" document prior to using the activity with students.
  • Teachers must create a free Project Look Sharp account to access these materials.


  • This activity can vary in length depending on how it is used. For a shorter activity like a bellringer or hook, teachers can select one or two questions, and for a longer activity, more questions can be used.
  • This activity is ideal for creating awareness about the lives of people in underdeveloped countries.
  • This can be used in a media literacy class to discuss the use of effects, music, and other filmmaking techniques.
  • Students could use these videos as inspiration to create their own videos encouraging climate action.
  • Other similar activities by Project Look Sharp include What Is Environmental Justice?Community Responses to Climate Disaster Recovery, and Transition to Renewable Energy Now.

Scientist Notes
Students can explore to gain a wide latitude on climate activism, climate justice, and the importance to take urgent climate action. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • 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.9-10.3 Understand and evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.
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