Play Four Corners to find out what your students think about energy, conservation, climate change and sustainability.
Where do your students stand when it comes to perspectives related to energy, conservation, climate change and sustainability? Share opinions about what’s important to your students and consider other perspectives related to energy use and caring for the environment.
We use energy in our daily lives in many ways. We use it to get to school, power our lights, cook our food, heat our homes and to make and transport goods. Some of our energy comes from clean renewable sources like the sun, wind and water. In B.C., most electricity is generated from water, a clean and renewable source.
Fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) come from ancient plants and animals. Burning fossil fuels releases greenhouse gases into the environment that had previously been trapped underground. Greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and water vapour, trap heat from the sun and warm the Earth. Activities that use fossil fuels (transportation, manufacturing, heating, etc.) generate most greenhouse gas emissions in B.C.
Energy conservation means using less energy by changing our behaviours. Smart energy use and energy conservation actions have a positive impact on the future. See Power Smart tips for ideas on ways to save electricity.
Energy-efficiency refers to technologies that help complete a task with less energy. Innovation continues to develop new and creative ways to reduce our energy use through technology (energy-efficient appliances, energy-efficient light bulbs, etc.).
The concept that everything in the environment and natural world is interconnected is foundational to Indigenous perspectives of land and place. It is understood that we have a responsibility to care for the land, plants and animals through everything we do and the choices we make.
Our energy choices impact the environment when fossil fuels are burned, releasing greenhouse gases. When we use less energy and choose clean renewable energy sources, we reduce our impact on the environment and help care for the Earth now and for future generations. Every little action adds up to making a big difference and creating a sustainable energy future.
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