Under a Shaded Tree. CREDIT: World Bank (CC)

One of world's growing humanitarian and international security threats is climate change. Pollution, rising sea levels, and waste accumulation all contribute to the rising costs that are facing people around the globe. Carnegie Council offers resources for students in college and high school to learn about the effects of climate change, and what we need to do to address our changing environment. 

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Global Ethics Corner: This short, two-minute multimedia educational series examines political, economic, environmental, and philosophical issues from an ethical perspective. It challenges the reader to analyze social studies phenomena and respond thoughtfully.

This series is great for high school "Do Now" hook writing exercises and accompanying conversations, argumentative writing, and debates. Transcripts are available for students to annotate or for classrooms without multimedia systems.

Short Expert Videos: These short, two to six-minute video clips from academic experts and prominent leaders feature discussions on politics, economics, the environment, and philosophy.

These primary and secondary sources make great complements to lectures and readings. They challenge the student to gain a deeper understanding and explore different positions. It will work well in a college-bound high school or college classroom as well as in the flipped classroom.


Fighting For Our Planet, the Only Home We Have: Earth Day, April 22, 2016: Will the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement be effective? Is it human nature to simply not be able to tackle the problem of climate change? How can we come together to fight for our planet? This collection of resources explores all these questions and more.

Eight Greats for World Food Day, 2015: For World Food Day we start this series of eight great posts with a classic talk from Lester Brown on the threat of increasing scarcity as world population grows. We continue with articles and interviews from "Policy Innovations" that cover innovative solutions for what we put on our plates, and the flip side of hunger: the obesity epidemic.

American Energy Challenges and Global Leadership in the Years Ahead: Thanks to new technologies for extracting oil and natural gas, such as hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), the United States is now the biggest producer of energy in the world. What do plummeting energy prices mean for sellers and consumers around the world—and what will be the likely consequences for climate change? (American Leadership Series, March 2015, audio, video, and transcript.)

The Psychology and Ethics of the Tragedy of the Commons: Professor Julian Savulescu reviews some of the psychological factors that contribute to the Tragedy of the Commons. He discusses some of the interventions that have been explored in Oxford harnessing psychological heuristics to increase cooperation and altruism, including use of nudge, reputational concerns, and other psychological mechanisms. Savulescu explores the ethics of harnessing such psychological forces to effect more moral behavior.

How Rights for Indigenous Peoples can Save the Environment: From Greenland to Kenya, indigenous peoples are fighting for their land against governments, corporations, and climate change. UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, herself an indigenous leader in the Philippines, discusses the challenges facing her country and how to navigate through the world of politics and big 


Ethics on Film: Discussion of "An Inconvenient Truth"
Al Gore explains the science of global warming, describes its present-day effects, and forecasts what the future may hold in store. We can reverse this trend, he declares, but we are running out of time. 

Ethics on Film: Discussion of "The Island President"
As The Island President makes clear, it is impossible to overstate the catastrophic effect global warming will have on the Maldives.

Ethics on Film: Recommendations for Environmental Films


The World According to Monsanto (Book) by Marie-Monique Robin
Robin conducts interviews with the people who were involved with Monsanto's most commercially successful products.*Recommended by a high school student*  

Virunga (Documentary) 
The mountain gorilla is one of the most endangered species in the world. A group of rangers work to protect them from oil drilling and poachers. *Recommended by a high school student*  

Page curated by DanLan Luo, who graduated in 2016 from Bronx High School of Science in New York City and will be attending Boston University.