Thursday, July 14, 2016

How Energy Is Used, Energy Consumption Trends, and How Catawba and RMI Are Helping

By Serena Musselwhite

The amount of energy, the amount and type of each energy, and what the energies are used  for vary widely worldwide (Smith, p.180). For example, even though highly industrialized countries use most of the world's energy while less industrialized countries use much less, countries with the same level of development vary in the amount of energy they use and how they use those energies. There are three types of energy use, residential and commercial, industrial, and transportation energy use. Industrialized nations use the three energies fairly equally while less developed nations focus more on residential energy. Developing nations use much of their energy to develop their industrial base. Energy consumption and industrialization are strongly interrelated (Smith, p.180).

According to Enger Smith, "From a historical point of view, it is possible to plot changes in energy consumption. Economics, politics, public attitudes, and many other factors must be incorporated into an analysis of energy use trends" (181). One example of a factor that can affect energy consumption in a nation is increased energy resource prices, which may force individuals and businesses to be more conservative when using energy (Smith, p.182).

Catawba's Center for the Environment and Rocky Mountain Institute are working together at the National Environmental Summit to preserve the environment while educating others about the present and future of the environment, the essential idea of environmentalism. RMI's goal is to help the United States transition off of coal, oil, and nuclear energy by 2050. Both Catawba and the Rocky Mountain Institute believe that this transition can be done profitably. Part of RMI's plan to transition the United States off of these energies is to rethink how transportation, buildings, industry, and electricity are done.

How can we help? Well, we can take to activism. Rocky Mountain Institute has listed five types of useful activism that can help with environmentalism: Lifestyle, Political, Educational, Grassroots, and Economic Activism. The most important part of changing minds is listening to the individual's interest.

Smith, Enger. Environmental Science: A Study of Interrelationships. Ninth ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004. Print.

Summer Environmental Activities

By: Delaney O'Connor

Campers enjoy geocaching at the Stanback Ecological Preserve.
Students got to kayak after completing all of the geocaching stations.
 Julia Vaughan and Makayla Utt present their group's ideas for a more efficient dryer.
In her off time, camper, Lexie Burns enjoys giant sized Jenga.

Camper, Robby Cogburn, pulls a cage out of the water hoping to find turtles for focus group, A Backbone for Conservation.
Dr. Poston explains to the campers how to determine whether the turtle is male or female.
(Campers: Shauna Hendrie, Patrick Lowder, Evan Dorsi, and Dr. Poston)

Focus Group, A Backbone for Conservation, caught turtles to examine. 

Camp Activities - Learning at the National Environmental Summit

By: Julia Vaughan

Learning how to tell the difference between types of turtles, as well as male and female turtle differences.

Notching the turtle to track it.

Robby Cogburn holding a turtle that was caught by A Backbone for Conservation.

The beautiful Stanback nature preserve.

Beautiful pond in the preserve.
Campers enjoyed geocaching in the Stanback Ecological Preserve 
Station three in geocaching: Acid filled barked can
be used for headaches and injuries.
Julia and Makayla reinventing the washing machine.
Courtney Fairbrother sharing about a whole system.
Ninja! being played by:
Mei Lander, Evan Dorsi, Lexie Burns, and  Payden Mitchell.
Sincere and Carolyn explain their new inventions on the washing machine.
James Dunbar and Evan Dorsi explaining their solution to dirty clothes.

Rocky Mountain Institute sharing their projects which address
national and international environmental issues.

Abstract Thinking Within the Environment

By: Aaliyah

Everything in the environment is connected, both the animals and the habitats. In the human species, eyes are near the top of the body yet most eye colors can be found on the ground (i.e. green, brown, blue); this creates an environmental juxtaposition.

This camp offers an open setting which helps the process of critical and abstract thinking.