Choose to get zapping?
Updated: Apr 21
When did you last think about the SUN – that giant ball of hydrogen in our sky? Is it sunny outside today? Even if it’s a grey rainy day the SUN is still keeping our planet warm and provides us with light to see by. Life wouldn’t exist on our planet – Earth - without the SUN.
Can you imagine your life without electric lights? Would you go to bed when the sun sets; be able to get dressed in the morning before the sun has risen; read or do your homework by candlelight? Lights are incredibly useful but they can also contribute to climate change if they use electricity which comes from burning fossil fuels.
Your challenge this week is to become the family ‘light zapper’ and make sure ALL lights are switched off when they’re not needed! Which lights get left on unnecessarily in your home? Is it the bathroom light or the living room light? Do you need to switch on the lights in the morning – it depends what time you get up! If you open your curtains when you wake up you might be surprised by how bright the sunlight is!
How can that giant ball of hydrogen actually help to combat climate change – what ideas have you heard of? You might like to investigate some of these ideas – or find some of your own! 14 year old Vinisha Umashankar has invented a ‘solar-powered ironing cart’; a street in North London is creating a ‘local power station’ with the roofs of their houses; the 2012 Olympics stadium is going to be ‘wrapped’ in solar panels; 12 year old Eleanor Woods has designed a pollution-battling rucksack with a built-in solar-powered fan and filter; an 11 year old Tanzanian boy tells the story of his new ‘SolarAid’ light; and Thailand is home to the world’s largest floating solar farm.
When you’ve enjoyed thinking about the potential for solar projects, and embraced the role of family light zapper then HIT THE RED BUTTON!