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How do you use energy? Consider the environment

INTRODUCTION

 

THE PROBLEM

Too often, we consume energy with no concern for its sustainability or its effect on the environment. Not all energy decisions have an equal effect on the environment. If everyone made more conscious energy decisions, we could drop our energy consumption significantly. This would diminish the strain on natural resources such as fossil fuels in addition to greatly reducing carbon emissions which cause global warming. It is true that energy is essential to almost every aspect of our lives, but everyone should have knowledge of the alternatives to many of our energy decisions.

MY PROJECT

At first, I thought about raising awareness of the effects energy consumption has, but I soon realised that the problem is not the ignorance of the effects of most energy sources. I decide to focus on raising awareness of the things most of us can actually, realistically, do to make a difference. By sharing what I had learned through my GOA course, I hope to empower all high school students in my school to make conscious changes on their energy consumption.

I began by creating the survey below to find out previous knowledge students possessed. This would allow me to make sure that my message would be unique and not simply a repetition of facts they had already heard before.

https://goo.gl/forms/uLKH7sC4qmq3BfXA2

Through this survey I found out that most people are conscious of the existence of global warming. I was right when I assumed that the problem was not that people were unaware of the situation. Unsurprisingly, most people who completed the survey said that they would be willing to alter their lifestyles a little to reduce their energy consumption. The last thing that I found was that, even with all their willingness to live more sustainably, most people did not know how to save energy. Questions that asked if they saved energy while driving, in the kitchen, or with any household appliances, most people responded that they did not. This indicates that they probably haven’t been exposed to some of the easiest ways to save energy.

Once I had gathered this background information, I decided to create a short video to teach students all the different ways they could save energy. My school has a webcast that is produced by our student council every two weeks. These webcast is played to all high school students during study hall, and thus, it is commonly used to spread news by student groups. I included the information I found most relevant to my high school classmates, and I created a short segment for our EagleTV. During the EagleTV episode below I made sure that the students learned a few ways to reduce their carbon footprints.

energy vid from Paula Fernandez on Vimeo.

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

You can make a difference by watching the clip above and sharing it through social media. By doing this, you can help inform everyone on quick, simple, easy ways they can help save energy. If you have any other ideas on how to save energy, post them on instagram using the hashtag #GOAenergy and we will add your ideas on another segment of EagleTV.

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COMMENTS: 7
  1. April 28, 2017 by Kathryn Wilson

    I love your video, Paula! I love how you incorporated happy music into it, as well as displaying easy-to-read slides with visuals.

    • May 08, 2017 by Paula F

      Thanks!

  2. April 30, 2017 by Susan

    So appreciate your efforts to spread awareness about energy consumption and make clear the little things we can all easily do to take down how much energy we consume. I’m now wondering about what next steps you might take at your school to move people from the awareness they might have started to develop from your video to some actions at school and at home. Also, what might happen in your school itself to cut down on energy consumed there…? I have a feeling that the school’s footprint could well be a large one! Keep going, Paula! You have a great beginning here.

  3. May 01, 2017 by Georgina Steel

    Paula, I love your video; I believe the message you are sending is super important! I think that your effort to spread awareness of energy consumption is much needed. I totally agree that while it seems many people are aware of their impact on the environment and how vital it is to reduce it, they do not know what steps to take to use less. It is efforts like yours that communicate easy and affordable energy-efficient ways of living that bring us closer to a world in which we produce as little carbon as possible.

    • May 08, 2017 by Paula F

      Thanks Georgina. This class made me realise that there were a lot of things that were actually in my power that could make a huge difference energy wise. I think that we get stuck on the same things when we try to be green that we do not realise the many ways that actually make a difference.

  4. May 05, 2017 by Ramon Alejandro L

    Paula I loved your video and believed that the things you said were very important. Energy is a very serious topic and for you to outline the awareness of the consumption is great. How do you apply this in your daily life?

    • May 08, 2017 by Paula F

      Hey Ramon. I think that through this class I’ve been more aware of my energy choices. Before I wouldn’t have thought twice about many little things, but now I catch myself turning off lights and electrical appliances everywhere, trying to drive less or carpool, using the AC less, and even trying to eat local now that I realise how much jet fuel affects the environment.

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