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Aim: To explore how we can use energy responsibly within our environment. Taken from the BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack, Community Project C-9


Taster 1
Electrical household items

Taster 2
Writing Material
Internet Access

Taster 3
Getting Personal’ template

• Internet access & printer
• Stationery and writing! printing material


Taster 1 - Impact

Aim: To consider how our individual use of energy can affect the environment.

Almost everything we do in our modern lives involves using energy, and it is something that we often take for granted. Place examples of some electrical household items on a table.

Think about:
• How many minutes (or hours) on average do you think each item is connected to mains electricity each day? Add up this total for all the items on the table — what figure do you reach?
• How much do you think this would cost in energy bills per year in the average house?
• What other electrical items do you use at home? e.g. Television, PC, room lights etc.
• How many hours are these switched on in the average day?
• as it always necessary to have these items switched on for that length of time?
• How much is wasted energy?
• Can you picture how much energy is wasted across the UK & Ireland?
• When you use these items do you ever think about where this energy comes from?
• If we are wasting all this unnecessary energy, what impact will this have on the environment? i.e. pollution, lack of natural resources, soaring energy costs, etc.

Use an energy calculator to work out how much energy you use at home (see tips! advice section).

Think about:
• How could you reduce energy consumption at home, church, work or college? e.g. time something is switched on for, its necessity alternatives etc.

- You will need to bring with you electrical household items, e.g. laptop, hairdryer, toaster, mobile phone & charger, electric shaver, DVD Player, games console etc.

Tips / Advice:
Log on to www.clp-powerwise.com.hk/eng/calculator/calcuIator.html
you are interested to know the energy consumption of various electrical appliances you use every day or want to estimate the annual electricity cost, this website provides an energy calculator for you to do this.

BP www.bp.com
Go to the website and navigate to the UP Educational Service, for excellent free resources (including CD) on Climate Change and Carbon Footprint including fact sheets, PowerPoint presentations, games, and projects. Calculate your own carbon footprint and how you can reduce it.

Taster 2 - Research An Environmental Organisation

Aim: To understand the aims and functions of an organisation, and find out about the projects that they undertake.

There are a vast number of organisations within the UK whose primary objective involves campaigning and the protection & management of the environment in this country, e.g. The Environment Agency.

Research and produce a report on that particular organisation. You need to identify areas such as:
• When was the organisation set up? By who?
• What are their beliefs and aims?
• How do they campaign?
• How are they funded?
• What successes does the organisation think that they have so far achieved?

Make a presentation to inform others of the organisation.

Collect information about environmental organisations.

Tips / Advice:
Set yourselves targets and individual responsibilities.

Examples of environmental organisations in the UK include:

1. The Energy Savings Trust wenergysavingtrust.org.uk The Energy Savings Trust is a non-profit organisation, funded both by government and the private sector. They are one of the UK’s leading organisations set up to address the damaging effects of climate change and have offices in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Their website contains a wealth of information on energy saving methods and schemes.

2. DEFRA Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs ‘A%w.defra.gov.uk DEFRA is a UK Government organisation, whose aims include tackling climate change through domestic action to reduce carbon footprints. Their website contains links to information on energy consumption in the UK (Homepage — Environmental Protection — Climate Change and Energy — Action in the UK).

Ensure that your report links in particular to the use of energy by the public and private companies in the UK, as it will help with the project you could undertake.

Taster 3 - Go Green

Aim: To think about what we do personally to help the environment

Complete the Getting Personal” template. Caring for God’s creation may involve changing the way in which we live our lives.

Think about:

• What are you prepared to change?
• Reflecting on other parts of your life, are there other ways in which you could adapt your lifestyle to leave a more gentle impression on the Earth? e.g. walk, cycle or use public transport instead of a car.
• Have you identified any issues and ways forward?

Tips / Advice:
Adapted from Eco-Generations Tread Gentle — Go Green resource. Go to www.ecogeneration.org for more resources.

Christian Faith - A New Look At God's World

Aim: To consider our responsibilities for looking after our planet.

Ask a group member to read out the following statement:

A New Look at God’s World (Written by Ann Martin)
Imagine being given a gift by someone who loves you deeply. The box is marked Handle with care — fragile” and you try to imagine what the box might contain that is so delicate. You open gingerly and find a world, — not a plastic globe — but a mesmerising real rotating planet earth exactly as in the photos taken from space.

With it is a DVD which has glorious images of the mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers and the dazzling array of fauna and flora from the deepest seas to the highest peaks. It also comes with a book of instructions from the Maker — The Bible — a manual on caring for the earth and all its creatures. There is a greetings card with your name on it, and this verse:

God so loved the world that he sent his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

You browse gently through the images and towards the end you see receding glaciers dated to the 21st century and animals — scores of them — which are marked up as likely to be extinct by 2050. You pick up The Bible and discover that every reference to the Earth, the Creator, natural world, all its creatures, — creation, fall and redemption — have been highlighted, along with plentiful guidance on living lightly and justly with the earth and its people. The book is astonishingly full of highlighted passages and phrases, punctuated throughout by Sabbath rest and renewal. The handbook has one great consistent theme — God made the world in all its splendour, power and diversity out of love. The Earth and all its creatures and humankind are bound to each other in a web of interrelationship with God. God gave the responsibility to care for His created works to humanity.

You close the book, gently lay down the planet, fold up the ‘Handle with care” paper and shut your eyes, You feel the desolation of The planet, the pain of the natural world, and the danger to every part of the Earth, for if the planet suffers, we suffer and we have nowhere else to go. You know it has to change. You know that you are required to be involved in the change.

Have we lost sight of ourselves as being a part of nature, part of God’s creation? In our eagerness to ‘progress” and “develop” have we lost sight of the finite and delicate nature of the Earth and humanity’s place in it? But Christ is our hope, our light into the darkness of this world. Following Christ opens new horizons and offers alternative yardsticks to the way we live, So we return to the Instructor’s manual to rediscover ways of sustainable living, to restore the balance in God’s Earth that we might live joyfully and simply in the garden He has lent us.

Think about:
• Why is the Earth a ‘fragile gift’?
• Have we (society) lost sight of our responsibility to look after God’s creation?
• What pressures must there be on society that we are indeed damaging our environment through pollution and depletion of the world’s natural resources?
• What do we, as individuals, and as a society, need to do to in order to maintain and preserve Gods gift?

Tips / Advice:
Adapted from Eco-Generations Tread Gentle — Go Green resource. Go to www.ecogeneration.org for more resources.

Project - Plan an Energy-Saving Campaign.

Aim: To design and implement a campaign to encourage people to save energy.

Project Description:
Every day we waste lots of energy in our homes, work, at college, at church, etc. By cutting down on the amount of energy we waste, the money saved in energy bills could be used to improve such establishments in other ways.

Design and implement a campaign to encourage people (i.e. church, college) to save energy. You will now need to plan the sequence of the campaign. Below are key questions mat you will need to consider. Some suggestions have been given, but you will need to incorporate a number of your own ideas.

Think about:
• What background information do you need? e.g. knowledge of the impact/costs of energy wasting, knowledge on any existing energy saving schemes.
• How much energy does your church use on heating?
• How often do environmental issues get mentioned?
• What community environmental initiatives are they involved in?
• How is energy being wasted? What evidence is there? e.g. lights & computers left switched on for long periods on, high wattage light bulbs, etc.
• How will you encourage people to save energy? e4. signage, information on recycling facilities, newsletters/emails.
• Who are the key people you need to approach / speak to?
• Once approved, how will you implement your ideas?
• How will you know if your campaign has been successful? e.g. verbal / written feedback, questionnaires, assessing changes in energy bills.

Once you have highlighted and outlined the issues surrounding energy waste, and discussed ways in which to reduce? improve it, you will need to approach the key person (e.g. Church Minister) to discuss your proposals. At this point they may accept your proposals, or may feel your plans will need to be modified.

Once you have gained approval, you will then be able to implement your energy saving schemes. Remember, you will need to assess whether or not your scheme has been a success. How will you do this ?

Tips / Advice:
• Don’t be put off if you spend a lot of time planning. The most successful projects are the ones that are planned well!

• Choose somewhere that would benefit from an energy saving scheme, e.g. Church.

• For some background information on energy saving, visit .uk-energy-saving.com or www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

• BP www.bp.com
Go to the website and navigate to the BP Educational Service, for excellent tree resources (including CD) on Climate Change and Carbon Footprint including fact sheets, PowerPoint presentations, games, and projects. Calculate your own carbon footprint and how you can reduce it.

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
If you plan to undertake your project off-site, you will need to discuss this with your leader.

For full details see the BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack, Community Project C-9


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