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Farming, Agriculture, and Climate Change from MIT's TILclimate

Grade Level Grades 9-12, Higher Education
Resource Type Activity, Handout
Standards Alignment


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How are farmers affected by climate change? And how do farms affect climate change? Agriculture is as the intersection of many climate impacts. Students investigate plant hardiness zone shifts, and then read case studies about agroecology.


  • Name some impacts of climate change on agriculture.
  • Name some impacts of agriculture on climate change.
  • Understand the role of agroecology as a solution to agriculture and climate change.


  • Map-reading
  • Understanding and summarizing case studies



TILclimate Farming a Warmer Planet Educator Guide FULL.pdf

December 2, 2021
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How to Use TILclimate Educator Guides.pdf

December 2, 2021
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Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth's systems.
Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
Determine the central ideas, themes, or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
The role of radiation from the sun and its interactions with the atmosphere, ocean, and land are the foundation for the global climate system. Global climate models are used to predict future changes, including changes influenced by human behavior and natural factors.
Resource availability has guided the development of human society and use of natural resources has associated costs, risks, and benefits.
Sustainability of human societies and the biodiversity that supports them requires responsible management of natural resources, including the development of technologies.
Global climate models used to predict changes continue to be improved, although discoveries about the global climate system are ongoing and continually needed.
Biodiversity is increased by formation of new species and reduced by extinction. Humans depend on biodiversity but also have adverse impacts on it. Sustaining biodiversity is essential to supporting life on Earth.


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