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As part of a larger initiative to expand climate justice education at MIT, the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative is excited to share the Climate Justice Instructional Toolkit. 

The primary goal of these resources and programming is to provide support to faculty members and instructors across disciplines within introductory undergraduate courses to facilitate the integration of climate justice content and related instructional approaches into their courses. 

Funded by the Alumni Class Funds Grant, the Toolkit houses a wide-range of climate justice adaptable teaching modules, a starter guide for teaching climate justice, resources for students and climate justice data sets that can serve as supportive tools to enhance professor and instructor teaching content and approaches across Departments, Labs and Centers (DLCs) at MIT. Although this Toolkit was designed with MIT as being its primary audience, it is also completely open for anyone to use. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the intended audience of the Toolkit?

  • The Toolkit was designed with undergraduate introductory courses as the primary audience. However, the Toolkit could be adapted for advanced highschool contexts, used for student self-study, or potentially used for professional development. 

How can I use this Toolkit in my classroom? 

  • Browse through the modules and educational resources (below) and take and adapt what you need for your teaching context. 
  • Gain ideas from the activity, assignment, and project options we provide in each module. 
  • Flip the classroom by assigning a module for homework and focusing on discussion in the classroom. 
  • Learn more about common pedagogies and strategies for teaching climate justice from the Starter Guide, or video lectures linked below. 

Does the Toolkit cover climate science? 

  • No, this Toolkit is focused on climate justice – the inequitable impacts of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable groups, and the process of identifying and working on solutions to address these issues. 

Can this Toolkit be used with audiences that are skeptical of climate change or climate justice? 

  • The Toolkit was designed to be used with audiences that are already curious and interested in climate justice. However, many of the modules and resources available provide evidence and introductory material that may be helpful for partially skeptical audiences. 

Evaluation & Assessment

We are interested in evaluating the effectiveness and uptake of the Toolkit to improve its resources for future iterations. 

After exploring or using the climate justice resources (below), we would greatly appreciate it if you filled out this feedback form. If you are more interested in collaborating and getting more involved (or contributing to the Toolkit) please contact the project lead, Chris Rabe ( 

Explore the Climate Justice Instructional Toolkit Resources

New to Climate Justice? Start Here.

Starter Guide (PDF Link): A Starter Guide for Teaching Climate & Environmental Justice

  • A white paper on Mapping and Expanding Climate and Environmental Justice in MIT’s STEM Departments

Watch Video Lectures on Teaching Climate Justice from an MITX Course

Teaching and Learning Resources for Faculty, Instructors, and Students 

Foundational Climate and Environmental Justice Modules

Discipline-Specific Modules 

The Climate Justice Instructional Toolkit Team 

Those who worked on the CJIT can be found here.

Materials on this page and within the Climate Justice Instructional Toolkit project are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.