Activity Introduction

Where does your energy come from? What do we need energy for? How does our energy use affect the liveability of the places that we live. In this activity, you will compare electricity produced from fossil fuel and solar to assess the impact of our energy choices on liveability.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Lower Secondary


  • investigate
  • think and connect 

Time required: 40 minutes 

Curriculum connections: Geography, Critical and Creative Thinking. Sustainability 

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes: 

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

2040 – Energy And Liveability – Geography – Years 7 & 8

Resources Required

  • Device with internet connection


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Student Worksheet

Connecting Energy Use And Liveability - Activity Instructions

Where does your energy come from? How does energy affect our environment? In this activity you will investigate the relationship between energy choices and liveability. 

Part A: Exploring ‘Liveability’?

Step 1. Liveability is the qualities of a place that contribute to the quality of life in that place. Different aspects of liveability are important to different people in different ways.

What are your personal views on liveability? Rank the following factors of liveability from 1 (most important to me) to 7 (least important to me). Note: You could also add other factors that you think are important to liveability and rank them alongside those listed below.

  • Access to nature
  • Shops
  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Good neighbours
  • Parks
  • Sports centre
  • Peace and quiet

Step 2. Now watch and analyse the following clip about liveability. You can use the table below to guide your analysis of this clip. What does the presen

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