I have used pieces from a variety of the Zinn Education Project’s climate justice lessons in order to incorporate them into a larger, comprehensive unit on the subject. To introduce my climate justice unit, we read the testimonials from the lesson Don’t Take Our Voices Away. It was a perfect way to put human faces to the struggle for climate justice, which is often lacking in climate studies in general, and it was also a good, relevant way to incorporate indigenous voices into a lesson.
As a culminating project, one of my high school students has shown interest in actually teaching The (Young) People’s Climate Conference to an elementary classroom in our district. I think taking on this role will further cement the lessons of climate justice within her.