When students are asked about who will be affected by climate change, most will mention the polar bear. The polar bear has become the iconic species impacted by climate change. Videos show polar bears swimming for miles between sea ice in order to find food for survival, and students have likely heard stories about declines in polar bear populations. Students are less aware of threats to other species. In fact, they likely know very little about how their own local plant and animal species populations are changing.
Watch this video of 8th grade students in San Marcos, California—a coastal community. The purpose of this classroom video is to see students discuss how organisms will survive or perish in climate change.
For additional classroom context, video analysis, and reflection opportunities, read the Picture of Practice page for "Surviving Climate Change" in the Changing Climate Environmental Literacy Teacher Guide, page 83.