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Author

Stay Grounded

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Physics, English Language Arts, Engineering

Resource Type

  • Article

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Aviation Greenwashing Fact Sheet - Electric Flight

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Synopsis
  • This fact sheet discusses sustainability and practicality issues for the aviation industry related to electrifying flight as a climate solution. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource can help you teach your students about greenwashing, which is one of the best skills you can give them during this age of misinformation.
  • This helps students think critically about solving problems and considering many facets of an issue.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is part of a series of greenwashing fact sheets from Stay Grounded.
  • Stay Grounded is a Europe-based network of groups aiming to reduce emissions from aviation.
  • You must copy and paste all resource links from the PDF, as they are not hyperlinked, and some of the links are not supported by secure websites (https).

Differentiation

  • In English class, groups of students could analyze marketing campaigns from aviation companies to see if they can spot greenwashing in their print or video materials.
  • You could also share this video that explains greenwashing and how to see through greenwashing.
  • In a language arts class, have students debate this solution using information from the resources provided and from other credible sources to support their stance. After the debate, have them look up the impact of aviation on greenhouse gases globally and the potential for solutions using the Project Drawdown's Table of Solutions and their fact sheet on Efficient Aviation.
  • Science classes can discuss the need for better battery technology, research the battery type(s) referenced in the resource materials, and determine what solutions might work using the technology we currently have to utilize solar and wind onboard as well.
  • Social studies classes could discuss the social impacts of limiting public flights as a transportation option and research the effects of limiting private aviation instead.
Scientist Notes
The resource explains the concept of greenwashing about electric aircrafts. It presents facts on the efficacy of electric aircrafts and their contribution towards achieving net zero from the industry. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • 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.
  • Social Studies
    • Personal Finance & Economics
      • Global Connections (F2): Students understand economic aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and the world, including Maine Native American communities, by analyzing how resource distribution effects wealth, poverty, and other economic factors.
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