3 Reasons the World Could Bid Adieu to Fossil Fuels

ENVIRONMENT

The new climate accord aims to accelerate the shift toward clean energy. Now comes the real challenge: powering a world without fossil fuels. (Nat Geo News)

Use our lesson plan to better understand our energy choices.

Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit.

This building in Greensburg, Kansas, uses wind turbines, solar panels, and geothermal heat pumps—all renewable energy technologies. Photograph by Lauren Ayres, My Shot

This building in Greensburg, Kansas, uses wind turbines, solar panels, and geothermal heat pumps—all renewable energy technologies.
Photograph by Lauren Ayres, My Shot

Discussion Ideas

 

  • The first reason for optimism is “The Big Tent.” What organizations are under the expanding tent of sustainability?
    • corporations.
      • Companies including Ikea, Coca-Cola, Dell, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Procter & Gamble, Sony, and Walmart have all pledged to cut their carbon emissions.
    • financial institutions.
      • Fifteen of the world’s largest banks, with nearly $2 trillion in market value, have made commitments to invest in sustainable technologies.
      • Other financial organizations have pledged to divest (withdraw financial support) from companies that produce coal, oil, or natural gas. See a list of divestment commitments here.
    • city and regional governments.
    • nonprofit organizations.

 

 

 

TEACHERS’ TOOLKIT

Nat Geo: After Paris, 3 Reasons the World Could Bid Adieu to Fossil Fuels

Nat Geo: What Are Our Energy Choices?

Nat Geo: What is Renewable Energy?

Nat Geo: Paris’s Shortcomings: We Need Conservation, Not Conversation

Fossil Free: Divestment Commitments

3 responses to “3 Reasons the World Could Bid Adieu to Fossil Fuels

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