I had the pleasure of speaking at the Park City Magnet school 7th grade class about solar. Their librarian, Barbara, had contacted me about speaking to a class because she was trying to educate the classes on different environmental activities that are going on around them.
Not knowing exactly what a 7th grader would want to know on solar I hit the internet and researched information from the sun shining to AC power. I did find out some interesting facts like; 1 hour of sun energy on the Earth can meet the world’s energy demand for 1 year, it takes 8 minutes for the sun energy to travel from the sun to the Earth, and Germany uses the most solar power. The amount of solar energy that is available is amazing but the fact we only use about 1% of it is dis-hearting; lots of opportunity for the future. The classes asked many good questions and one particularly stumped me; how much energy does it take to produce one box of tea? So I am now working on getting an answer, gee I thought I was just there to give information not do more homework.
The interest shown by the classes in solar and energy savings gave me great satisfaction of being able to share what our company is doing and to see the interest that is out there. I did happen to carry a few tea bags as well to the class and they seem to disappear fairly quickly. The Governor of Connecticut has promoted a campaign of “Just One Thing”. This message being you can make a huge difference over time with little improvements and whether it was talking to a 7th grade class or recycling that plastic soda bottle our small efforts have a positive impact on our environment.