The world-famous Duke of Edinburgh’s Award have licensed The National Energy Foundation as part of its’ volunteering scheme.
The 300,000 young people currently taking part in their DofE Award will now be able to volunteer as an Energy Envoy. Their mission? To improve energy use, energy efficiency and energy management in their communities, which will complete the volunteering section of their Award.
Back to basics – Why do we need to save energy?
So first why do we all keep banging on about saving energy? Well there is a genuine concern that in the near future, if we don’t change the way we live, that we will be using more energy than we can produce.
Most of our energy (about 85%) is derived from fossil fuels. These are natural resources – coal, oil and gas. This source of energy does emit carbon into the environment, and we are globally trying to reduce our carbon emissions. In addition to this, fossil fuels are not renewable, and eventually we will run out!
Energy Envoys will be tasked with setting up and implementing a project in their local community which will help to reduce energy.
To find out more visit the Energy Envoys website:www.energyenvoys.org.uk
Primary Schools can get involved too!
Clearly the Energy Envoys Scheme has been designed for older children and young adults but there is no reason that younger children can’t embark upon their own mission to save our planet! There’s lots of great information available on the Energy Envoys website, including an energy quiz, an energy calculator and downloadable fact sheets.
Future generations will need to be much more aware of the earths limited resources so why not start now?