Chapter Reflection Questions and Explorations

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Reflection Questions

  1. If you were to launch a campaign on the responsible use of energy, how could you use the laws of thermodynamics as arguments? Explain.

  2. Some people like to have plants in their houses and rooms. They say it helps them sleep better. Could you help us understand the reason from what we know about photosynthesis?

  3. People who know about garden plants or crops say that there are plants that adapt and develop better in the sahde and others in direct sunlight. For example, roses in external gardens or ivy as an indoor plant; in agriculture, corn in full sun and coffee and cocoa in the shade. Could you explain, using scientific elements that we have studied in photosynthesis, what happens in each of these cases?

  4. If you had the opportunity to design an energy policy for your region, which energy sources would you suggest, taking account the least amount of energy lost?

  5. Which renewable energy sources have the greatest potential in your region? Share your arguments. Are there any already in use on small or large scales? Do your research.

  6. Which ethical issues and challenges caught your attention the most in the discussion of the industrial revolution? Why?

  7. Revisiting question 4, would the principle of the universal destination of goods help you prioritize certain areas of your region in order to expand the supply of electricity service?

  8. Did the aspects that we studied in the spirituality section help you better understand and strengthen your own spiritual dimension as it relates to sources of energy and inner strength? Please share.

Explorations

  1. Have you ever played the board game Monopoly? Here is an 'Energy Action' version of Monopoly where players purchase utilities, pay for electricity, buy modifications for their plants, and in the process learn what it takes for a community to develop a balanced energy mix.

  2. Do you think you could design a classroom that produces as much energy as it uses? Here is a Net-Zero classroom project that you can follow.

  3. Does the world need nuclear energy? Listen to this TED Talk debate and formulate your own viewpoint.

  4. Read these "Five Surprising Facts about Energy Poverty".  From this data, what do you think would be the best first step in providing electricity to the 1.2 billion people in the world who do not have it?

  5. Some people believe that the transition to clean, renewable energy will require that people make an enormous shift in their lifestyles from consumerism to stewardship. Read this article by Barry Lord and then write a two page response from your own perspective.