Back to the Future: A Need for Change to Create a Better Tomorrow

Delanie Reavis-Bey, Science, Crestdale Middle School

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My curriculum goal is to have students understand why there is an energy crisis. Human lifestyles affect the amount of energy consumed. Energy is a survival tool for everyday living. Energy is used for growing and shipping food, transportation of goods, manufacturing, housing, etc. The human use for energy is vast. Population growth is a concern because there is not enough energy for everyone to maintain a comfortable cozy lifestyle that most Americans take for granted. It is projected that oil can be depleted within the next 50 years. The crisis is real and we have to implement immediate changes for conservation. As a science teacher, it is my job to educate and create a social awareness of our energy consumption. Students will be taught what is a carbon foot print and calculate their carbon footprint. This will allow students to understand their role in today’s society. The activity will get students vested in the world’s energy crisis. The calculation of their carbon footprint will lead into group discussions. The students will then project there knowledge acquired on energy consumption, coupled with population growth to create a future with limited resources.