Humans to blame for global warming
At the February 2007 Paris Conference on Global Ecological Governance, the Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change concluded that human activity is now 90% likely to be the cause of global warming. The Brussels Conference, in April, clearly outlined the potential impacts of this change and emphasised the need to act without delay to protect the planet from both the present and future impact of carbon emissions.
Work with your pupils to show them why energy should not be wasted in the activities below:
5–7s: Save energy
7–11s: On the trail of the energy wasters
Are renewable energy sources the key to Africa’s energy crisis?
Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, has recently said that renewable energy sources may hold the key to Africa’s energy crisis. ‘The continent is rich in renewable resources which can benefit the majority of people within a few years… Africa should look at their own resources for their development needs.’
Africa's development depends on electricity, as all services such as schools and hospitals rely on it – but more than 80% of its population is without electricity. By 2030 the global annual growth rate of the population is expected to be 60 million with 97% of this population growth being in developing countries. Steiner has written that, ‘No country has ever reduced poverty without investing substantially in energy. Energy is central to all human development.’
Find out why renewable energy sources are important in the activity below:
5–7s: Energy sources
Find out more about how Energy Town can go renewable in the activities link below:
7–11s: The town is going renewable