Energy And Finite Resources
It is one of the most important subjects around the world right now as governments and corporations exhaust every possibility to extract more and more of the finite resources we currently use to source most of our commercial and household energy needs. Our reliance on fossil fuels comes at a greater environmental cost as time passes.
Climate change is one of those very real costs. Air pollution, water pollution, along with adverse health effects for humans, wildlife, and environment are others. We may never see the effects of our actions, but our children will and their children certainly will pay the price, along with many of the creatures and habitats which have no one to speak for them.
We must speak up! We must act now!
Some question whether renewable energy can pass muster with what we currently use. It is a good question, but I believe there is some simplicity in an answer: We use far too much energy for our daily lives for it to ever be sustainable. We can work toward a more sustainable future and save money all at the same time by conserving energy.
Ways To Conserve Energy With Kids – 3 Easy Steps
It can be easy to be green. Start small, start somewhere. We can make a difference.
- Learn what requires the most energy usage in your home.
- Make a plan with your kids to save on the top energy wasters.
- Keep the house warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter.
- Keep lights off and appliances unplugged when not in use.
- Minimize use of large appliances and electronics.
Take Action With Team ENERGY STAR
Creating a society which uses energy as sustainably as possible is why I was happy to learn about Team ENERGY STAR.
Team ENERGY STAR, which launches June 5, is a new, exciting initiative from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program, developed to engage and educate American youth and their families about saving energy in the home. Team ENERGY STAR empowers kids to help protect the climate through easy-to-implement, money-saving actions and provides them an outlet for sharing their passion for preserving our environment. And, with Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax as the engaging theme for Team ENERGY STAR, kids can learn and have fun at the same time.
I like that this new program aims to encourage children to feel empowered to make changes in their homes without scaring them about the state of the environment.
When families join Team ENERGY STAR, they will get easy-to-download educational and interactive materials, such as a comprehensive Action Kit, the ENERGY STAR Home Check-Up, a Lorax activity booklet and a Lorax mustache-making kit.
Who doesn’t love that adorable grouch, The Lorax?
Are you familiar with the The Lorax? I have to admit that I was incredibly nervous when I learned there was going to be a movie version of The Lorax, and while I wasn’t pleased with the marketing strategy of the film and the movie tie-ins, I also felt like the enduring message shone through all the garbage.
I believe that The Lorax can be a great spokesman for Team ENERGY STAR. This is not necessarily a campaign for those who have already taken great strides down the green living path, but any efforts by more people to conserve resources will have a large impact.
What do you think? Will you join Team Energy Star?
Please come back on June 12, when Big Green Purse will be hosting a carnival of posts from many bloggers who support energy efficiency and Team ENERGY STAR.