Energy Week goes with a Bang!
“If you think you're too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” This was the motto which the Energy Team adopted when co-ordinating Energy Week. Set up with the aim of reducing the school’s energy consumption by 10%, the team launched Energy Week to raise awareness of global warming – it’s consequences and our possible solutions. Students were encouraged to ‘be the change’ they wanted to see by participating in cross-curricular lessons centred on energy, as well as taking part in art projects and film showings. The whole school, teachers included, worked together on the culmination of Energy Week: Earth Hour – one hour, no power. Lights, Photocopiers, Printers, over 300 computers – everything was turned off, and the school saw their electricity consumption plummet by 60,000W.
All subject departments planned fun lessons focussed on energy: in I.T students used spreadsheets to work out the payback time of renewable energy installations; in Science the classes investigated which fruit allowed electricity to pass through most easily and set methane bubbles on fire. Geography students looked at the causes of global warming and its effects on the local area – Modern Languages copied, but in French, German and Spanish! Students learnt to look much closer to home for the climate culprits – the fields outside the school, in fact. For example, each year, one cow is responsible for an amount of methane equivalent (in its effect as a ‘greenhouse gas) to the carbon dioxide released by burning 1,000 litres of petrol.
Liz Shuttleworth, Head of Geography, said that to see Energy Week ‘being run by students for students was really exciting. It has made such a difference to the way students see their responsibility in school. It was great fun but for a very valuable cause!'