Understanding the relationship between plants and climate change is a tricky concept for students. Often, students will be able to tell you part of a process; for example, carbon dioxide is used by plants for photosynthesis, but many may not be able to identify how cutting down trees will disrupt this process. Students may focus on cutting down trees as impacting other things, such as the availability of clean air or shade for people or homes for wildlife.

Watch this video of 6th and 8th grade students in California. The purpose of this classroom video is to see students explain the connection between cutting down trees and climate change.

For additional classroom context, video analysis, and reflection opportunities, read the Picture of Practice page for "Trees and Climate Change" in the Changing Climate Environmental Literacy Teacher Guide, page 31.