The Transport Problem
In this SATIS Revisited resource students consider the conflict between the increasing use of energy and the need to reduce the use of fossil fuels in order to lessen carbon dioxide emissions and tackle climate change.
The aim of this unit is to introduce the idea that the discussion of controversial issues relating to the conduct and application of science involves making decisions. In any situation, there is usually more than one choice available. Often, a course of action may seem like a good solution, but it may also have some undesirable outcomes.
Students consider the ethical questions that arise from the conflict between the increasing use of energy and the need to reduce use of fossil fuels.
In the activity students carry out a cost-benefit analysis of various suggestions for reducing energy consumption and consider the social, ethical, environmental and economic consequences of these choices. This approach could be used for other topics, for example the use of plastics (bags) or waste disposal and recycling.
The activity in this unit would be suitable for use after students have completed work on fossil fuels, generating electricity, energy or climate change.
Contents of this unit:
Guidance for teachers
Activity sheet A – The transport problem
Activity sheet B – The transport problem (with tick boxes)
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