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Clean energy is defined as power created using renewable resources such as the wind, plants, water and the sun. Clean energy sources generate little to no pollution or emissions, compared to traditional fossil fuels such as oil and coal. In addition to using clean energy sources, the concept of clean energy also involves energy efficiency. This means that using less energy or using it more smartly also leads to less pollution.

Reducing pollution with the use of clean energy is also important to the health and safety of everyone, as well as to the preservation of natural resources. Concerned experts link the air and water pollution caused by coal and natural gas plants to breathing problems, cancer, heart attacks and damage to the neurological system. Coal is also the leading source of global warming pollution in the country, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Further, coal mining destroys land and pollutes waters.

Sometimes, clean energy sources multitask. For instance, oceans are a source of thermal energy, as they store heat from the sun, as well as mechanical energy from the power of waves. Scientists are also exploring geothermal resources such as hot water located a few miles beneath the earth’s surface.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, consumers today have more ability and interest in investing in clean energy. In fact, renewable energy use has the potential to strengthen the nation’s energy security on top of improving the environment. States vary in determining which energy sources and production methods are clean, so the rules and energy options differ depending on location. Yet a wide range of clean energy methods are being researched and implemented across the country.

Clean energy education will empower students to understand how choices made at home, in school and within communities impact the environment. Addressing clean energy in the classroom can also introduce students to interesting innovations in the changing field of energy. Perhaps most importantly, studying clean energy will allow students to apply creative ideas to solve environmental challenges.

The Cool School Challenge is an activity that engages students and teachers in reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions in schools. Students can challenge their classrooms to reduce their carbon emissions over a set period of time, using a carbon calculator to assess their efforts. This activity is aligned to the Eco-Schools USA program; schools that complete the Challenge qualify for a bronze-level award through the Eco-Schools USA program.

EarthEcho International’s Educator Resources include videos, lesson plans, and other materials intended to support classroom learning. Their tools assist educators in teaching students to explore and protect local natural resources. Many of the resources offered by EarthEcho are designed to satisfy Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Note: EarthEcho recommends using Chrome or Safari.

EarthEcho provides this worksheet for high school students to teach them the basics of how electricity is generated. This resource is among many provided by EarthEcho to support classroom learning on environmental issues. Note: EarthEcho recommends using Chrome or Safari.

EarthEcho provides this lesson plain to aid educators in teaching the basics of energy efficiency to high school students. This resource is among many provided by EarthEcho to support classroom learning on environmental issues. Note: EarthEcho recommends using Chrome or Safari.

EarthEcho provides this lesson plain to aid educators in teaching the basics of energy efficiency to middle school students. This resource is among many provided by EarthEcho to support classroom learning on environmental issues. Note: EarthEcho recommends using Chrome or Safari.

In this National Geographic activity, students learn about the pluses and minuses of solar energy by exploring a real conflict between farmers and environmentalists in California and a company that wants to build a solar farm. Middle school students will read a case scenario, identify the positives and negatives of having the solar farm, and write a position statement.

Energy 101: Biofuels is a video that teaches students how biomass is converted into clean, renewable transportation fuels to power cars, trucks, planes and trains. The video is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and shared by National Geographic.

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In general, resources were provided only from reputable sources that provide high-quality, thoughtful educator materials. Given the sensitive and political nature of energy debates, sources that did not appear balanced, well-referenced or aggressive in tone were not considered for inclusion.

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