In recent years, climate change has become an increasingly pressing global issue. One of the most effective ways to combat climate change is to use renewable energy sources, which are cleaner and more sustainable than traditional energy sources.
Schools can play a major role in using renewable energy to combat climate change. They can install solar panels and wind turbines, and use energy-efficient lighting and
appliances. By doing so, schools can help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and set an example for the rest of the community.
Climate change and its impact on schools and children:
Climate change is responsible for the extreme weather phenomenon around the globe and this is impacting the lives of people and in this case children in many ways.
Increased frequencies of droughts, floods, cyclones, etc. all can be associated with climate change.
These natural disasters bring chaos to the lives of children and
disrupts their overall growth and education.
One of the ways to reduce climate change is to increase the use of renewable energy resources.
Renewable energy is also called clean energy as it comes from sustainable and replenishable sources. Renewable energy does not emit carbon into the atmosphere unlike other energy sources like coal, oil, and natural gas, and thus helps bring down the carbon dioxide levels which are the biggest contributor to climate change.
Renewable energy in schools a wheel to combat climate change:
School is the place where children learn and grow and why not make it a place where they take their first steps towards sustainable living.
Introducing renewable energy in school provides students with an on-site learning experience while contributing to the energy needs of the school.
Various renewable energy sources and their use in schools:
Solar energy can be obtained by installing solar panels in schools. Electricity generated can be used to fulfil the energy demands of the school.
Other energy Renewable energy sources include wind energy, Biomass fuel, etc.
Biomass can be used to generate Biochar fuel which can be used to fuel steam stoves for preparing meals for children in schools.
How Schools are successfully adopting renewable energy:
Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education (SAICE) in Pondicherry is self-reliant since 2014 on its energy needs. It fulfils all its energy requirements through solar power, not just this but also generates three times more electricity than its consumption and sends the excess energy to light up nearby areas.
Schools can be the accelerator for renewable energy thus providing great support to combat climate change not only this it also push children to adopt a green lifestyle and creates awareness in them.
Climate change is a real threat to the world it is the responsibility of every person to take steps to help combat this threat.