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Year 5: Private: The Moon (features)

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When the moon orbits the Earth, it pulls bodies of water on Earth sideways. Combined with the gravitational pull of the sun, these forces cause sea levels around the world to rise and fall, creating the regular cycle of high and low tides. Have you heard of tidal power? Tidal power is a clean energy source that uses the power of the tides to create electricity.

Top Tip: In the UK, some of the electricity that we use is created from burning fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels pollutes the air and is one of the main causes of global warming. This means that we must all try to develop energy-saving habits such as turning off the lights when we leave a room.

 What other energy saving habits can you think of?


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Credit: BBC News

Natural Curriculum's Good News Story

In the clip opposite, we discover that the world’s most powerful tidal power turbine, the O2, has started generating electricity. It will be able to power over 2,000 homes on Scotland’s Orkney Islands for the next fifteen years. The massive turbine is able to generate clean and reliable power that is driven by the gravitational pull of the moon.

Look closely at the poster below.

How will the O2 tidal power turbine help this particular Sustainable Development Goal? 

Sustainable Development Goal - Affordable and Clean Energy