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A Matter of Accountability

Lesson Description:
Students will:
  • Prepare and participate in a mock trial to try to assign responsibility for the consequences of climate change resulting from the build up of CO2 emissions in the earth’s atmosphere

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Waste Reduction
  • Other

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
One class day for trial; more time for preparation
Standards Addressed:
Geography Standards
  • Knows and understands how human actions modify the physical environment.
  • Knows and understands how physical systems affect human systems.

Science Standards
  • Grades 9-12 geochemical cycles
  • Grades 5-8 personal health; populations, resources, and environments; natural
  • hazards; risks and benefits; and science and technology in society
  • Grades 5-8 population growth; natural resources; environmental quality; natural and human-induced hazards; and science and technology in local,national, and global challenges

Materials Needed:
  • Copies of handout 1, “Plaintiff: People of Bangladesh”
  • Copies of handout 2, “Defendant: Nations of the Industrialized World”

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf 10.pdf
Located in: Social Studies | Science

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