Climate has shaped languages and cultures across the world. Numerous examples of world languages and their connections to climate and climate education are explored in this learning resource.

The drop-down menus below contain links to in-site webpages developed by the Smith College Climate in Arts and History team. The display above features selected images from these pages. The Exploration (In Progress) menu lists additional topics that are in development to become full-length entries. 

World Languages and Cultures

Note: Each language page contains the following sections:
  • Climate education in the countries of the language
  • Climate and culture in the country/countries of the language
  • Language practice: vocabulary and translation challenge

Lessons from World Languages and Cultures

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Italian 
  • Latin
  • Portuguese 
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

Indigenous Perspectives

  • Indigenous Languages as a Framework for Responding to Climate Change  
  • Indigenous Languages Reflect Different Climatic Frameworks than Dominant Western Languages



Teaching Resources