12 Aug 2021
EDF energy is running a net zero challenge aimed primarily at students aged 11-14 years.
Net Zero in the UK is the Government’s legal requirement for everyone to reach Net Zero by 2050 as a way of addressing climate change. Maybe you’re wondering what exactly is Net Zero? According to the UK Governments website “Net zero means any emissions would be balanced by schemes to offset an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, such as planting trees or using technology like carbon capture and storage”. This is by no means the only was to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions… how many trees would we need to cover the earth with to offset current carbon emissions? Just as important, is the overall reduction in emissions which is why the EDF’s Net Zero challenge is so important for young people to engage with.
So what is EDF’S Net Zero Challenge? This is a project-based activity that can be run in class, as a social action campaign, by a STEM club or even at home. Although aimed at age 11-14yr olds it can be adapted for primary aged and older students. It’s also suitable for home educators, remote learning, and community groups such as Scouts/Guides.
The project allows students to understand what Net Zero means on a practical level with the opportunity to come up with solutions to achieving this in the home, school, village or even a town by either 2030 or 2050.
A project pack is available full of useful information and resources for both teachers and students including ways to link the project to the Curriculum.
To find out more and to download the project pack visit: www.edfenergy.com/energy/education/net-zero-challenge