Global Energy Flows

Type of Resource



In this activity, students analyze data detailing global energy sources and sinks (uses) and construct a diagram to show the relative scale and the connections between them. Discussions of scale; historical, socio-environmental, and geographic variation in this data; and implications for future energy use are included.

Performance Expectations

HS-ESS3-1   Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.

HS-ETS1-1   Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.