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Lesson Plan November 6, 2017

Cooking Up Pollution: The Health Crisis of Open Fires and Leaky Stoves

  1. What are the primary countries that the journalists cover in their reporting?
    • Locate them on a map.
    • What do these countries have in common? What are their differences?
    • Who is using open fires and leaky stoves in these countries?
  2. For each country, discuss:
    • What are the problems associated with open fire cooking and inefficient stoves?
    • Who is disproportionally affected by these problems?
    • Do you think this is a problem that will resolve itself or are interventions and programs needed to create change? Why?
    • What are the advantages to switching cooking methods?
    • Who is involved in decreasing the use of open fires and leaky stoves?
  3. How do the journalists use words, images, and videos to present the issue of household air pollution and health?
  4. How do they present statistics and data in their reporting?
  5. Is it easier for you to understand the the problem and why it needs to be addressed through the numbers or the stories?
  6. Do think it is more effective to share statistics or stories if you want to teach people about the problem and encourage them to address it or develop solutions?
    • Why do you think these techniques are effective?

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