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Energy

Energy is something we use every day in Scotland, but how many of us know where it comes from, or how is it produced? 

Burning fossil fuels like coal and oil uses up finite resources and releases CO2, which contributes to climate change, a serious issue, facing everyone all over the world.

These resources will get you started on the topic of Energy:

Energy, Enterprise and Environment Professional Learning Course

Run in conjunction with EDF Energy, this course improves teacher confidence in using energy and sustainability as a context for learning across the curriculum, particularly through practical action, outdoor learning, philosophy for citizenship and STEM. Explore the world of energy generation and supply as well as implications for climate change. This course promotes critical and creative thinking about carbon reduction, waste minimisation and how Scotland secures its supplies of clean affordable energy. Read more and register interest.

Scotland Lights Up Malawi

Scotland Lights up Malawi was a partnership project sponsored by Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and part funded by the Scottish Government. The project supported Scotland’s ambitions for climate justice by raising awareness of the need for solar lights for Malawi, undertaking research into climate justice and educating children both in Scotland and in Malawi. Have a look at the resources created during the project.

Climate Challenge Fund - Energy Efficiency

The Climate Challenge Fund supports projects that involve energy efficiency. These projects aim to reduce carbon emissions from energy use by working with households in their community to reduce energy use. Projects can help households install energy efficiency measures, promote locally sourced wood fuel, promote home renewable technologies and reduce energy consumption through behaviour change.  Have a look at some case studies or find a funded group in your community.

EDF Energy - The Pod

The Pod is EDF Energy’s award winning education programme, and is an interactive website for teachers, community group leaders and children. It has free lesson plans, practical activities, assemblies, films, games and information, all with cross curricular links. Have a look.

World's Largest Lesson: Energy and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development
A free, downloadable classroom activity for 8-11 year olds for Geography and Science examining the link between energy and poverty reduction. Read more.

World's Largest Lesson - Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy

World’s Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action. Download lesson plans, comics and other resources on energy to use in your classroom. Visit site.

All About Energy

Our increasing reliance on technology means we are using more electricity than ever before, while worldwide one in five people still lacks access to modern electricity.  For example, just 9% of Malawi’s 15.9 million people have access to the electricity grid

Without electricity, many things we take for granted become very difficult.  Cooking and heating require sourcing firewood or charcoal to burn, and water must be gathered by hand and boiled before drinking - both time consuming tasks that overwhelmingly occupy the time of women and girls.  Sunset brings darkness, which for many families means burning expensive kerosene for light, damaging their health.  SolarAid works to bring solar lights to countries like Malawi, reducing reliance on kerosene and eliminating the risk of burns

The way we create the energy we use has implications for the planet.  Energy generation is a significant contributor to climate change, causing 60% of total global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the United Nations. 

Finding the energy balance which recognises the need for economic development and environmental protection is a priority for most developed countries and an increasing number of developing ones.  Goal 7 of the Sustainable Development Goals aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 

The Scottish Government's 2050 energy vision sets the target of 50% of Scotland's heat, transport and electricity to be supplied from renewable sources by 2030. Moving to renewable sources of energy generation will help Scotland meet its climate change targets.

Case Study - Linlithgow Bridge Primary School

Pupils at Linlithgow Bridge Primary School explored the Eco-Schools Energy topic in vertical learning sessions, making excellent links to the Sustainable Development Goals through a series of innovative activities. Read more.

Case Study - Towerbank Primary School

Pupils at Towerbank Primary School worked hard to reduce their school’s energy use through an Enerchange project in partnership with University of Edinburgh, an energy pledge and a No Energy Day. Read more.

Case Study - Dreghorn Primary School

Pupils at Dreghorn Primary School aimed to raise awareness of energy efficiency throughout the whole school community and to develop energy smart practices with staff, pupils and parents. Read more.