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Energy Island

How one community harnessed the wind and changed their world

Elementary

Description

Featuring the true story of a small Danish island that transformed into a model of sustainability, this book will inspire and motivate readers to learn about renewable energy systems.  Residents of Sanso were disinterested in energy independence until a massive storm reminded them they could no longer rely on the mainland for electricity and fossil fuels.  As they emerged from the darkness with innovative technologies like wind turbines, biomass furnaces and electric cars this remarkable community has demonstrated how a little ingenuity and commitment to a better future can transform our world.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This story supports science and social studies concepts related to renewable/non-renewable resources, alternative energy, sustainability and community engagement.   The book can form the basis of a classroom action project where students evaluate energy consumption and implement strategies for reducing the environmental footprint of the school.   Simple activities like turning lights off in unused classrooms, recycling and LED lightbulbs could also be showcased through a community workshop that involves students working with residents to encourage “green” practices at home.

An interesting science project might involve students in building a model wind turbine or solar oven to learn about renewable technologies.  The assignment could even be expanded to involve a local community garden or organic farm to feature how these technologies can be used to grow and process local foods.

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Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (3)

    • Community-Building and Participation
    • General Guide to Taking Action
    • Sustainable Consumption
  • Energy (1)

    • Alternative Energy