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ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS

Environmental Awareness

means being aware of the natural environment


and making choices that benefit--rather than
hurt--the earth we all live on.
Environmentalism is an
ideology that evokes the
necessity and responsibility of
humans to respect, protect,
and preserve the natural
world from its anthropogenic
(caused by humans)
afflictions. Environmental
awareness is an integral part
of the movement's success.
Promoting Environmental Awareness
 When learning about the environment’s declining health it is easy to
spreading feel discouraged,
 but what keeps us fighting for a healthy world is the future of our
awareness is children.
imperative.  They should not have to inherit our environmental problems and in
order to keep their future bright.

 Before you can begin promoting environmental awareness in your


Thorough own community you must first make sure that you have a thorough
understanding understanding of environmental issues.
of  Staying up to date on environmental news and reading
comprehensive books about environmental threats are both great
environmental resources,
awareness  If you’re the type of person who prefers a more interactive
approach, attending environmental seminars is a great option.
It is fair to say that environmental awareness has
become a bit of a trend:

takes a variety of forms, but


essentially, going green
''Go Green!'' means being mindful of the
natural environment.
It is making economic
choices that aren't harmful
to the physical earth.
Examples:
 purchasing a glass or ceramic water bottle
instead of using disposable plastic water
bottles: plastic takes an incredibly long time
to break down, and a significant
percentage of plastic makes it to the
oceans, where it kills plant and animal life.
 using an all-natural hair-care product,
instead of a can of aerosol spray containing
toxic chemicals.
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY RESOURCES
Alternative Energy Resources

The adverse effects of burning fossil fuels have


left us in dire need of alternative energy
sources that provide a transition to the status
quo.
 Renewable energy sources that don’t
produce carbon dioxide emissions and other
greenhouse gasses that contribute to
anthropogenic climate change.
Solar Power
 involves harnessing the power of our sun. From photovoltaic (PV)
cells that capture photons and convert them into electricity, to
solar thermal energy (STE) that makes use of the sun’s heat, solar is
one of the most promising alternative energy sources on the
market today.

Wind Power
 For thousands of years, humans have harnessed the
wind to push sails, mill grain, and pump water. Today,
windmills use turbines to convert rotational energy into
electricity that can reliably flow into a grid. On a larger
scale, wind farms are projected to provide as much as
20% of global electricity production by 2030.
Wind power facts

Wind power is now the


world's fastest growing
energy source and has
also become one of the
most rapidly expanding
industries.
Biomass
and biodiesel are among the most widely used renewable energy
sources.
In contrast to fossil fuels which are produced by geological processes
that can take millions of years, biomass typically refers to biofuels that
are obtained through biological processes such as agriculture and
anaerobic digestion.
Fuels like bioethanol from corn or biodiesel from transesterification of
plant oils burn cleaner than conventional fossil fuels and can help
countries stay within their carbon budgets.
Tidal Power
 The rise and fall of the tides is steady and predictable,
making tidal power a viable alternative source of
energy for regions where high tidal ranges are
available.
 The Rance Tidal Power Station in France, is the
world’s first large scale tidal power plant, and used
turbines to generate electricity, much like a
hydroelectric power does for a dam.
 More recently, CETO, the grid-connected wave
power station off the coast of Western Australia used
a series of buoys and seabed pumps to generate
electricity
OTEC - Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion

Ocean thermal energy


conversion (OTEC) uses
the temperature
difference between
cooler deep and warmer
shallow or surface
seawaters to run a heat
engine and produce
useful work, usually in the
form of electricity
 Among ocean energy sources, OTEC is one of the
continuously available renewable energy resources
that could contribute to base-load power supply.
 The resource potential for OTEC is considered to be
much larger than for other ocean energy forms
[World Energy Council, 2000].
 Up to 88,000 TWh/yr of power could be generated
from OTEC without affecting the ocean’s thermal
structure [Pelc and Fujita, 2002].
View of a land based OTEC facility at Keahole Point
on the Kona coast of Hawaii
That ends up STS…