State Science Standards - Georgia

Our Climate Our Future addresses the following science standards prescribed by the state of Georgia.

Source: Georgia Department of Education Standards


  • SAST6.d: Explain how astronomical hazards and global atmospheric changes have impacted the evolution of life on Earth.


  • SO3.d: Explain relationships between climate change, the greenhouse effect, and the consequences of global warming on the ocean.
  • SO4.c: Describe the role of waves, tides, and sea level change on the physical structure of the coast.
  • SO4.e: Identify natural hazards (e.g., tsunamis, hurricanes, and sea level change) and their impact on coastal communities.
  • SO6.b: Identify how the oceans are used as sources for alternative energy


  • SEC2.d: Relate the rapid growth of human population to environmental problems.
  • SEC5.c: Evaluate the causes and impacts on ecosystems of natural and anthropogenic climate change.

Environmental Sciences

  • SEV4.a: Differentiate between renewable and nonrenewable resources including how different resources are produced, rates of use, renewal rates, and limitations of sources. Distinguish between natural and produced resources.
  • SEV4.b: Describe how technology is increasing the efficiency of utilization and accessibility of resources.
  • SEV4.c: Describe how energy and other resource utilization impact the environment and recognize that individuals as well as larger entities (businesses, governments, etc.) have impact on energy efficiency.
  • SEV4.d: Describe the relationship of energy consumption and the living standards of societies.
  • SEV4.e: Describe the commonly used fuels (e.g. fossil fuels, nuclear fuels, etc.) and some alternative fuels (e.g. wind, solar, ethanol, etc.) including the required technology, availability, pollution problems and implementation problems.  Recognize the origin of fossil fuels and the problems associated with our dependence on this energy source.
  • SEV4.f: Describe the need for informed decision making of resource utilization. (i.e. energy and water usage allocation, conservation, food and land, and long-term depletion.)
  • SEV5.c: Explain how human activities affect global and local sustainability.


  • SB4.d: Assess and explain human activities that influence and modify the environment such as global warming, population growth, pesticide use, and water and power consumption.

Earth Systems

  • SES5.e: Describe the hazards associated with extreme weather events and climate change (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, El Nino/La Nina, global warming).
  • SES5.f: Relate changes in global climate to variation in Earth/Sun relationships and to natural and anthropogenic modification of atmospheric composition.