Through role play, the Climate Change Mixer introduces students to 17 individuals around the world—each of whom is affected differently by climate change. For some, climate change threatens to force them to leave their land. For others, it is a business opportunity. In this activity, students meet one another in character and learn about the impact of climate change in their lives—and how each is responding.
The people featured in the mixer are:
Larry Gibson, Mountaintop removal activist, Kayford Mountain, West Virginia
Roman Abramovich, Sibneft Oil Co., Russia
Wangari Maathai, Green Belt Movement, Kenya
Enele Sopoaga, Prime Minister, Tuvalu
Matthew Gilbert, Member of Gwich’in Tribe, Northern Alaska / Northwestern Canada
Chris Loken, Apple grower, Hudson Valley, New York
Stephanie Tunmore, Greenpeace climate campaigner
Rafael Hernandez, Immigrant rights activist, The Desert Angels, U.S.-Mexico border
Rinchen Wangchuk, Snow Leopard Conservancy, Ladakh, India
Moi Enomenga, Huaorani Indian, Eastern Ecuador
Anisur Rahman, Mayor of Antarpara, Bangladesh
Steve Tritch, President and CEO, Westinghouse Electric
Nancy Tanaka, Orchard Owner, Hood River Valley, Oregon
Trisha Kehaulani Watson, Environmental lawyer, Hawaii
James Hansen, Former director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), New York, City
Robert Lovelace, Ardoch Algonquin Indian leader, Ontario, Canada
Richard H. Anderson, CEO, Delta Airlines, Atlanta
This lesson was originally published in the Rethinking Schools publication, A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis.
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