A few weeks before the international conference in Paris on the climate, various speakers are loud and clear that renewable energies are the solution to limit global warming.

“Renewable energies, in full growth, will play, according to all experts, a major role in limiting global warming, but their deployment remains hampered by their costs and fierce competition from fossil fuels, which emit much more CO2. "

Source: LaPresse.ca

"The world is making unprecedented efforts to fight against global warming, but even more proactive policies will be needed in the coming years to hope to limit the rise in mercury to 2 ° C, the UN warned on Friday. "

Source: LaPresse.ca

The following exercises will allow students to better understand the impact of renewable energies on the environment.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Differentiate between renewable energies and non-renewable energies;
- Understand the impact of renewable energies on the environment;
- Know some of the consequences of global warming.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: Renewable energies?

As a group, watch the next video on renewable energies.

Here are some ideas for leading a discussion on renewable energies.

- Did they know all these forms of renewable energy?
- Do they know of other sources of renewable energy?
Possible answer: Hydroelectricity
- What is the main advantage of renewable energies?
Possible answer: They are inexhaustible, unlike fossil fuels.
- Which renewable energy source is the most important? What is the share of other renewable energy sources?
Possible answer: See this graphic
- Would they be opposed to the establishment of renewable energy plants near their homes, knowing that this could ensure a better future?
Various answers depending on the pupil's point of view.

ACTIVITY 2: Non-renewable energies

Using the next video, ask the students to complete this questionnaire:

Download the file in Word format (.docx)
Download the file in PDF format (.pdf)
Download the response file (.pdf)

ACTIVITY 3: Global warming

Using this video and this item, have students verbalize the impacts of rising sea levels.

  • Should we be concerned about rising sea levels?
  • What will the populations living in the territories that are going to disappear do?

Finally, watching this video, ask students what should be done to reduce our ecological footprint.

More about the magazine

Renewable energies, essential to limit global warming
LaPresse.ca, 1er November 2015.

New energies - The planet goes green
This is not rocket science! The official channel of the France 3 program

Renewable energy
Wikipedia article

Why is the sea level rising?
Futura-sciences.com, April 28, 2010.

Solutions for the climate and energy, it's possible!
Greenpeace website