Big Energy Saving Week 2020
This week is Energy Saving Week. At Ark Boulton we encourage our students to look beyond themselves and think about the impact they make on the world around them. In terms of energy, their choices have an impact on the environment, but in the day-to-day focus of using computers, lights, PlayStation and more this can easily be forgotten.
In many ways, the ease at which we use technology, with little regard for how everything works is a reminder of how lucky we are to live in such a developed country. By comparison, in other countries electricity and fuels are either lacking or a cause for other issues – making what we consider the basic ‘necessities’ far from reach. According to the UN:
- 13% of the global population still lacks access to modern electricity.
- 3 billion people rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating
- Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions.
- Indoor air pollution from using combustible fuels for household energy caused 4.3 million deaths in 2012, with women and girls accounting for 6 out of every 10 of these.
It is for this reason that the UN have made access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy the 7th sustainable development goal, to be achieved by 2030. This involves a great deal of work throughout this decade to make large and impactful changes.
Often when we discuss energy saving, we may just be thinking about our bank balance. However, energy saving also involves changing habits and finding new innovative ways to run the world at the same speed that we have become accustomed to. After all, CO2 emissions and the use of fossil fuels are causing an impact on the climate that cannot be reversed.
Through our science lessons, we try to increase our student's awareness of these challenges, so that they can be better informed and more conscientious members of society. Not only do we talk about energy saving, but as a school we have also applied energy saving tips such as the use of sensor lights and actively recycling materials wherever possible. These small changes help us demonstrate to our students the practical ways in which they too can make a difference.
Why do we put so much emphasis on energy saving?
At Ark Boulton we place a lot of importance on being good people and helping each other. One of the best ways to do this is by caring for our environment and the world around us – as these are natural resources that cannot be replaced. If our students are well intentioned and apply the virtues that are integral to our curriculum, they will also understand the importance of making the world a better place – not just for themselves, but for those that will come after them.