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Students use critical thinking skills to determine whether claims by certain technology companies of using green energy to reduce their impact on the environment are valid and represent a true commitment to sustainability.
The activity begins with a discussion about how our own technology uses come with a much larger energy footprint than that required to charge our devices. Students consider the challenges faced by the large tech firms to manage their data in ways that reduce their energy requirements.
After considering the sustainability claims of some of the better known companies (Google, Amazon, Microsoft) and discussing the concept of ‘green-washing’, students choose a large tech company, research their sustainability platform and evaluate the strength of their commitment.
In conclusion students will reflect on the various means by which large companies can reduce their energy demands and consider the power that they have as consumers to bring about these changes.
'Sustainable Solutions" provides students with the opportunity to apply critical thinking to the roles played by big tech and individual consumers in sustainable energy use. Teachers may find value combining this activity with "Hidden Energy", a resource from the same compilation.
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