9th-12th Grade Climate Change Lesson

Electricity and Climate Change

Essential Question:

Where does our electricity come from and how is it connected to climate change? 

Lesson Summary:

In this hands-on, one-hour presentation, Sonoma Water educators introduce students to the topic of our electrical energy system and how it's connected to climate change. 


  • Students will learn about our electrical energy system and climate change.
  • Students will complete a lab measuring the energy efficiency of a LED light bulb versus an incandescent light bulb. 
  • Students will be introduced to climate solutions that are being implemented by Sonoma Water and Sonoma Clean Power.
  • Students will learn about renewable energy and the benefits of electrification.
  • Students will explore different ways to take climate action.


Our Climate Our Future (40:00) -  Background information about what climate change is and how to take action.

A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (7:35) - A vision of the future with bold climate action. 

Next Generation Science Standards:

This lesson is designed to support NGSS curriculum. Students will use the scientific practices of asking questions, making observations, using models, and interpreting data to engage with real-world phenomena, designed to increase their understanding of drought in our community and empower them to design their own solutions.

Water and Energy Education programs are FREE thanks to funding from these partners:

Logo Sonoma Water, Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership, Sonoma Clean Power, Russian River Watershed Association