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Availability and Distribution

Lesson Description:
This lesson can be taught over 1-2 weeks of classes, or the teacher can choose to use just a few of the provided lessons. The main purpose of this lesson is to provide students with knowledge on the availability and distribution of oil. The lesson  focuses on vocabulary relating to oil distribution, challenges in the oil industry, and oil availability specific to the students' community. The degree of emphasis on these topics depends on the lessons that are used. 


• To understand the extent and costs of our nation’s dependence on foreign sources of oil.
• To understand how our communities are affected by fuel shortages and the fluctuating availability and pricing of fuel.
• To identify fuel alternatives that now exist in the community.
• To investigate alternatives, specifically their long-term availability and social and environmental costs, as well as the safety issues involved with their extraction, processing, storage, and delivery.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Other

GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green

Time Needed:
Minimum of 1-2 classes, and maximum of around 10 classes.
School or Group:
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
Contact Email:

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