If Not You, Who? If Not Now, When?: Being an Agent of Environmental Change

Heather Nash, Science, East Mecklenburg High School

Final unit (PDF)  Implementing Common Core Standards (PDF)


This unit will provide teachers with activities they can use to incorporate
philosophical ideas and environmental ethics into their classrooms. It will touch on the
human impact of the environment and environmental ethics. It is designed for a smallgroup,
high school, special education Science classroom. The curriculum materials are
modified to meet the needs of my classroom but there are lots of ways to adapt to fit any
science classroom with an environmental objective. This unit includes a Socratic
seminar, a class debate, and a self-reflective essay. This unit will ask students to look at
the current impacts they are making on the environment as well as those that are being
made globally. It will ask them to take a position on what things could be done to fix
these problems and whether or not they think they should make those changes.