December 14 is observed as the Energy Conservation Day. In India, we observe it for a week (December 9 – 14) as an initiative by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).
India is one of the highest energy consuming nations. In terms of coal, we stand second and with our demands only rising, energy consumption has double since 2000. Although the renewable energy sector has seen an expediential growth in the last decade, it is not enough to meet our 2022 clean energy target as part of our commitment towards reducing carbon emissions under the Paris Agreement. In 2018-19, solar and wind energy generated only 8% of total electricity. (These activities can help students better understand renewable energy). Outstanding dues from utilities and economic slowdown are setting the sun on India’s renewable energy dreams.
Ithe wake of this energy crisis, the Energy Conservation Day comes as a silver lining to a dark cloud.
We don’t necessarily need to focus on the “alternatives” as an answer to the fossil fuel problem, but
focus on consuming less of energy itself. Energy Consumption, thus, plays a huge role in Climate
Change mitigation policy.
We are already well aware of our consumption patterns and know the whats and hows about
conservation. Using as much as natural light as possible, looking out for the stars which convey
appliances’ efficiency, unplugging necessary appliances to save phantom power, switching off lights
and fans when not use, etc, are all simple and effortless ways of saving energy.
For the Energy Consumption week, govt. of Andhra Pradesh is promoting “energy clubs” in schools and colleges. A school can save up to 30% of energy when conscious decisions regarding energy are made. Energy clubs use behaviour-based strategy to promote energy consumption. And although ideas for Energy Club must come from the School’s think tank, a manual can help kick-start the energy club in your school.
Conservation and shifting to renewable energy are efforts taken towards reducing our Greenhouse emissions. Higher energy demand in 2018 led to historically high CO2 emissions in the energy sector. With our planet at stake, we cannot keep feeding the atmosphere with carbon which was essentially supposed to be left buried deep in the ground. Now, as we face the rapidly changing climate, we must do everything possible to curb our carbon footprint. To know more keep an eye out for our next post about Climate Change.
Call To Action:
Everyone has a role to play in response to the escalating climate crisis. We at Butterfly Fields, are playing the part of educators, informing you about the various ways in which climate change is affecting us and the steps we can take to reduce these effects. As part of this effort, we will be posting on our blogs about different aspects of Climate Change in hopes to raise awareness and increase combating efforts.