Light Science. Get energy from light. Lighten up on energy use. Lighten up on our Earth for our children’s future. Lighten up on our ‘science speak’ for our children’s understanding. See the light?
Today, so many wonderful organizations across the world speak to adults about the positive impacts of energy conservation and renewable energy technologies on jobs, on climate, and on the Earth. This speech is exciting but it doesn’t speak enough to children. In schools we have an opportunity to leverage the most terrific of speakers - our teachers. The Energy Wizard wants to help do that.
A word from the author
Nine years ago, after an abrupt end to a 33-year career in sales and sales management, I was free to pursue two passions - renewable energy and neuroscience.
I observed then that the cost of the best selling product in the world, energy, was rising, and that the cost of getting that energy was damaging the earth. At the same time free, clean, energy from the sun fell every day onto our own houses.
Nine years ago, I observed that, in fascinating science fields like neuroscience, genetics, and biology, the words of science were really difficult to understand. I thought we could do better communicating them.
Alan Alda also believes in the need to speak clearly about Science. Today, his Center for Communicating Science uses improvisation and other theatrical techniques to teach scientists to get better at speaking science.
After those observations, I enrolled in certificate programs in solar electricity and solar heating at a local community college, and started a website to more clearly define the words of neuroscience, biology, psychology, and renewable energy. You can find it here
Inspired by our college’s solar mentor, Larry LeDue, a group of like-minded students from the solar program and I, started a small nonprofit to help spread positive words about renewable energy. Ironically, we ended up with a complicated name - American Renewable Energy Awareness Society. Today we use it’s simplified acronym AREAS.
Our organization has now evolved to a more directed focus on renewable energy education. Find out more below.
The learnings from those certificate programs and from my work with AREAS have informed the Light Science in The Energy Wizard Book.
John Richards, Chief Education Officer, AREAS