Get your students thinking about different ways electricity can be generated, and how these different methods impact the environment.
On the board, list the 10 different methods of generating electricity:
Start a discussion with your students by asking them how each method of generation has an impact on the environment (they all do).
The energy choices we make have an impact on the environment. There are pros and cons to all energy choices, but some forms of energy, like fossil fuels, have a greater impact than others.
The power generated from systems like hydroelectric dams are considered to be sustainable because the source of the power, water, is renewable. This form of energy generation is often referred to as being “green” because of the renewable source, and the fact that the environmental impact is relatively minimal.
When it comes to resources, there are consequences for not using sustainable practices. Fossil fuels are a finite resource and once used up they are gone. And burning them impacts the environment and climate.