Energy and Society

Energy and Society

Social standing and access to technology affects energy use by human society. Technological or social change can therefore reduce the amount of energy used by society. Decreased energy use does not necessarily mean decreased quality of life. In many cases, energy conservation can improve quality of life through reduced environmental risks, increased economic and national security, and monetary savings.

Access to cheap, reliable energy resources has shaped the structure of society. Since the industrial revolution, the impacts of fossil fuels, burned to produce energy, have further defined social structure. Poor communities often accept dirty energy facilities because these facilities also provide much-needed jobs. This has lead to groups of people being marginalized socially, environmentally and physically. As impacts once thought to be confined to these marginalized communities are now being realized by the global community, the need to move to clean, reliable, cheap sources of energy has become paramount.

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Lesson Take Away: 

Energy conservation does not mean decreased quality of life but can improve quality of life through increased economic and national security, reduced environmental risks, and monetary savings. 

The Ask: 

Work with your community to save energy, share your energy-saving success stories, and strive to create a cleaner, healthier community.

Last Updated: December 20, 2018
  Global Warming’s Six Americas Over the last several years, researchers from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication have been conducting multiple representative surveys of the American population across the country and finding...

Global Warming's Six Americas

 

Global Warming’s Six Americas

Over the last several years, researchers from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication have been conducting multiple representative surveys of the American population across the country and finding a clear demarcation between different perceptions, understandings, concerns, and attitudes related to climate change and global warming. They have identified six distinct types that broadly describe these differences within the American population: Global Warming's Six Americas. These are: alarmed, concerned, cautious, disengaged, doubtful, and dismissive.

Publications and Reports from Yale Project on Climate Change Communication

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  Yale Program on Climate Change Communication   A part of the Aquariums and Climate Coalition's ‘Candid Conversations’ series, this March 2011 webinar discusses the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication's Six Americas research...

Candid Conversation: Connecting with Global Warming's Six Americas

 

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

 

A part of the Aquariums and Climate Coalition's ‘Candid Conversations’ series, this March 2011 webinar discusses the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication's Six Americas research and its usefulness in helping interpreters research their audiences at zoos, aquariums, and museums.

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A great resource to print out and have available to your volunteers. It's well written and easy to understand. Plus there are some great things that you can test out right away. It is has been helpful to me and I feel complements our NNOCCI training...

The Psychology of Climate Change Communication

A great resource to print out and have available to your volunteers. It's well written and easy to understand. Plus there are some great things that you can test out right away. It is has been helpful to me and I feel complements our NNOCCI training well.

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This very accessible tool allows you to search energy information by state. It includes generation, usage, capacity, and other statistics.

U.S. Energy Information Administration Energy Profile by State

This very accessible tool allows you to search energy information by state. It includes generation, usage, capacity, and other statistics.

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Energy drives the modern world and underpins every other issue. We choose our energy based on four attributes: affordable, available, reliable and clean. But defining clean is complicated. All energies have environmental impacts that need to be...

Energy Issues—Energy Choices: Switch Energy Project

Energy drives the modern world and underpins every other issue.

We choose our energy based on four attributes: affordable, available, reliable and clean. But defining clean is complicated. All energies have environmental impacts that need to be managed effectively and affordably. Even so, the biggest challenge of energy is scale—the enormous amount of energy we demand. And the only way to counter scale, is with efficiency.

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Energy drives the modern world and underpins every other issue. We choose our energy based on four attributes: affordable, available, reliable and clean. But defining clean is complicated. All energies have environmental impacts that need to be...

Energy Issues—Environmental Impacts: Switch Energy Project

Energy drives the modern world and underpins every other issue.

We choose our energy based on four attributes: affordable, available, reliable and clean. But defining clean is complicated. All energies have environmental impacts that need to be managed effectively and affordably. Even so, the biggest challenge of energy is scale—the enormous amount of energy we demand. And the only way to counter scale, is with efficiency.

©Switch Energy Project

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Nuclear is thousands of times more powerful than every other energy. And it’s our only baseload electricity generation that produces no CO2. With populations growing and concentrating in ever-larger cities, this super-concentrated energy has many...

Nuclear: Switch Energy Project

Nuclear is thousands of times more powerful than every other energy. And it’s our only baseload electricity generation that produces no CO2. With populations growing and concentrating in ever-larger cities, this super-concentrated energy has many benefits; but comes with some unlikely, but potentially very damaging, risks of radiation leaks and proliferation. And we still don’t agree on a waste management plan.

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