Climate Justice, Articles

Because Our Islands Are Our Life

Article. By Moé Yonamine. Rethinking Schools, Summer, 2019. A high school ethnic studies teacher describes how students in the Pacific Island Club used poetry to refocus the narrative surrounding climate justice onto frontline communities.
Time Periods: 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Language Arts, Pacific Islander
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Yup'ik village children preparing salmon | Zinn Education Project

Climate Change and School in a Yup’ik Fishing Village

Article. By Jill Howdyshell. The author describes how climate change is hitting Indigenous communities in Alaska much harder than other places in the world. And yet, administrators still insist that school discussions should focus on student test scores.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Economics, Native American
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Jetnil Kiiner Student Mural (Art by Jocelyn Ng and Aravapo Leo) | Zinn Education Project

Climate Change, Gender, and Nuclear Bombs

Article. By Bill Bigelow. Rethinking Schools, Spring 2018. Gender is one of the crucial variables determining how the climate crisis affects us.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Pacific Islander, Women's History
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The Green New Deal and Our Schools

Article. 2019. By the Rethinking Schools Editorial Board. Rethinking Schools, Summer 2019. The Green New Deal will only be brought to life by people who grasp the enormity of the crisis that humanity faces and the radical changes necessary to address it. This requires that we teach a climate justice curriculum.
Time Periods: 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Economics, Education, Labor, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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Young person at climate justice protest (photo) | Zinn Education Project

Our House Is on Fire — Time to Teach Climate Justice

Article. By Bill Bigelow. Rethinking Schools, Spring 2019. Rethinking Schools. For too long, the fossil fuel industry has tried to buy teachers’ and students’ silence. But teaching climate justice has never been more urgent.
Time Periods: 21st Century, All US History
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Economics, Education, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, World History/Global Studies
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Students “Warrior Up” for Climate Justice

Article. By Bill Bigelow. Rethinking Schools, Fall 2018. Teaching hope instead of despair, teachers invite students to research “climate warriors,” those who “know the truth” and yet are not defeated by it.
Time Periods: 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Native American, Science
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Tax the Rich (Art by Michael Duffy) | Zinn Education Project

Tax the Rich, Fight Climate Change

Article. By Bill Bigelow. Rethinking Schools, Winter 2018. The “just transition” away from fossil fuels can also be a move toward a society that is cleaner, more equal, and more democratic.
Time Periods: 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Economics, Social Class
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Teaching Social Activism in Prison: The Leap Manifesto and Incarcerated Youth

Article. By Rachel Boccio. Rethinking Schools, Winter 2018. A Connecticut educator who taught English to incarcerated young men for 20 years describes what happened when she introduced her students to the Canadian “Leap Manifesto.”
Time Periods: 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Criminal Justice & Incarceration, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing
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