Electricity is so much a part of our daily routine in the developed world that it's hard to imagine life without it. It's much more than just lights and television, or the internet...electricity plays a factor in health and well-being.
Travel to Issidan Izdar, a tiny village in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco to see what life is like without power. Then visit the neighboring village of Tamayousst, which connected to a power grid several years ago, to see what a difference electric makes in daily life for those in developing parts of world.
Some fear this increased demand for energy will harm the planet. But what about the harm to people who live without it? Can we object to the developing world's rise out of poverty and increased standard of living?
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I liked that the video brought an interesting perspective that children understand.
Victoria Sandoval Social Studies - 4 / History - 4 Shadow Ridge High School, Las Vegas, NV
This DVD created an excellent discussion among my students. They were genuinely interested in how life would be without electricity.
Michael Eklund English/Lang. Arts - 8 Kenilworth Junior High School, Petaluma, CA
This is an excellent video and explored the topic of electricity and development in a way students had not considered before. This definitely caused students to think about the importance of electricity and some of the ideas they have heard before related to increased energy use in developing countries. This video helped them make connections and think critically about some of the issues involved for themselves. Definitely recommended!