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Using materials provided by the resource, students research and discuss the challenges and benefits of moving away from fossils fuels to a clean, renewable energy economy. Students then participate in a simulation in which they take on the roles of employees of a fictitious natural gas company intending to develop a large scale solar operation. In their new roles with the company, students work together to design an energy transition plan that they will present at a public meeting for community stakeholders. In the presentation students will attempt to highlight a range of opportunities their energy transition plan will provide while at the same time addressing concerns some of the groups in attendance might have. The activity concludes with students reflecting on what they have learned about energy transition, sustainable development and reaching consensus.
In addition to the information students will need for the role play, teaching notes, suggestions for assessment and ideas for extending the learning are included.
This activity should be of interest to science, social studies and geography teachers and will support discussions on energy, climate, sustainable development and civic engagement.
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