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September 24, 2021

Daily News Lesson: How nations can help address climate change


Directions: Read the summary, watch the video and answer the discussion questions. Some students may find it easier to read along with the transcript or turn on closed captions/CC.

Summary: The U.N. warns that unless the world acts faster than promised, Earth’s temperatures will rise to catastrophic, irreversible levels. The U.S. calls the upcoming climate summit the last chance for the world to avoid disaster. Nick Schifrin discusses the crisis with John Kerry, the president’s special envoy on climate, and Frans Timmermans, executive vice president of the European Commission.

Discussion questions: 

Warm up questions: Have your students identify the 5Ws and an H:

  • Who is interviewed in this piece and what are their backgrounds?
  • What are some of the things individual countries’ leaders can be doing to help curb climate change, according to Kerry and Timmermans?
  • When will global carbon emissions need to be dramatically reduced to avoid the worst effects of climate change, according to this interview?
  • Where are some places where governments are falling sort of emissions goals?
  • How are countries like the U.S. and China negotiating reduced emissions?

Focus questions:

  1. Were you surprised to hear that the U.S. is not meeting its own goals to reduce carbon admissions? Why do you think that is, and what do you think are some consequences of failure to meet these goals?
  2. What do you think are some good ways to ensure all nations are contributing to the goals of reducing climate emissions?

Media literacy: Who might offer a different perspective on the priorities that national governments can take to help address climate change? Why do you think their perspectives are not included here?

Additional resources:

  • Use this lesson to explore how students can become agents of change through Sustainable Development Goals.

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