Should the U.S. reenter the Paris Climate Accord?

For the first time in history, every country voted on the U.N. Climate Accord, a contract to lower greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. Recently President Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Accord, making the U.S. the only country in the world to leave the agreement unratified. The president said he would be open to re-joining if the U.S. could negotiate better terms.


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Additional resources to think about

The Greenhouse Effect and Greenhouse Gases
Use this infographic and lesson to learn about the greenhouse effect and find out how scientists study climate change with data collected from ice cores.

Global Climate Change: Understanding the Greenhouse Effect
With this lesson plan, students can explore the effect of greenhouse gases on Earth's atmosphere today, and consider human impact on global warming.

Family Works to Keep Business in Motion Amidst Climate Change
This PBS NewsHour video from the Student Reporting Labs shows how rising temperatures from climate changing are hurting a snowmobile business.


Who created this message?

  • What kind of “text” is it?
  • How similar or different is it to others of the same genre?
  • What are the various elements (building blocks) that make up the whole?


What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?

  • What do you notice (about the way the message is constructed)?
  • What’s the emotional appeal?
  • What makes it seem “real?”
  • Are there any symbols? Persuasive devices used?

How might different people understand this message differently from me?

  • How many other interpretations could there be?
  • How could we hear about them?
  • How can you explain the different responses?

What lifestyles, values, and points of view are represented in, or omitted from, this message?

  • What type of person is the reader/watcher/listener invited to identify with?
  • What ideas or perspectives are left out?
  • How would you find what’s missing?
  • What judgments or statements are made about how we treat other people?


Why is this message being sent?

  • What's being sold in this message? What's being told? 
  • Who is served by or  benefits from the message
    – the public?
    – private interests?
    – individuals?
    – institutions?

5 Key Questions of Media Literacy used with permission from the Center for Media Literacy.
Copyright 2002-2020, Center for Media Literacy,


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