Water Quality Issues and Youth Environmental Leadership

Authored by Roots of Success

35 minutes
Includes a video, slides, and discussion questions
Primary subjects: 
Civics and Government, Economics, English
Grade: 
9, 10, 11, 12
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This lesson sets the stage for students to understand how environmental education connects with environmental and social justice as well as community organizing. The lesson introduces us to a young environmental activist from the San Joaquin Valley of California named Martin Figueroa. Students will watch a short video, and then answer and discuss a series of questions designed to get them thinking about key themes in the lesson.

Key objectives for students
The student understands the term “natural resources.”
The student can talk about how water is a precious natural resource in a discussion.
The student understands the concept of "environmental justice."
The student can apply examples of environmental injustice to issues in their own community.
The student can talk about how valuable water is in their community or school.
The student understands the connection between water and drought.
The student understands the connection between water, drought, and the San Joaquin Valley particularly.
The student can identify natural resources, other than water, in their own community or school.
The student can provide a relevant example of environmental decision making in their community or school.
The student understands how youth leaders can organize to change policy.
The student can identify the impact of youth leader Martin Figueroa's actions.
The student can identify other possible actions that youth leader Martin Figueroa could have taken.
The student can identify actions that they can take to promote change in their school or community.
The student knows how to gather information and evidence about environmental issues in their school or community.
The student can participate in discussions around environmental issues in their school or community.
Secondary subjects
Environmental Education, Geography, Health and Nutrition, History, Reading or Language Arts, Social Studies, Technology
Topics
Environmental Science, public health, Land Use Planning, water, social justice
Skills
Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Resilience
Methods
Multi-Disciplinary, Real-World Application
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