Black Art and Climate Justice


Black Art and Climate Justice

Close-up of a Black artist painting a butterfly on paper

While this unit was originally created for a 12th grade International Issues Seminar elective at a mid-sized public high school in New Haven, Connecticut, there are a number of concepts and resources referenced that may be helpful in the creation of your own class unit.—Submitter's note

Created by the Fellows at the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, this unit advances student engagement with dominant and counter narratives with climate connections through the lens of Black art, specifically film, sculpture, prints, and photography.

Outline of Unit Guide:

  1. Introduction and Context
  2. What is Climate Justice?
  3. Countering Dominant Narratives - Introduction to Critical Issues
  4. Unit Essential Questions
  5. Black Art and Climate Justice Museum Exhibit
  6. Resources
  7. Appendix on Implementing District Standards (Centered on New Haven Public Schools)