By now, we all know the story of Thanksgiving by heart. The pilgrims aboard the Mayflower arrived in America in 1620, hoping to start a new life. However, upon arriving, they found themselves ill-suited to handle the environment awaiting them. Hunger and disease ran rampant, eventually taking the lives of nearly half the settlers. That is until a member of a local native tribe decided to lend a helping hand and teach the newcomers how to grow corn, catch fish, extract maple from trees and avoid poisonous plants. Ultimately this new information gave the pilgrims the resources necessary to survive and eventually thrive in their new surroundings.
Every year on the 15th of November we celebrate National Recycling Day, which helps promote and educate people on the impact of recycling. It is a time to think of the future and examine the importance of conserving our natural resources while discovering creative ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and lend a helping hand to our lovely environment.
Before modern modes of transportation like cars, planes, and ships, travel was drastically different. Long-distance travel was highly energy-intensive. People were unlikely to voyage very far from their birthplace. Moving away from home was only considered under extreme circumstances. Having to rely on animals or sometimes just your own strength to carry you along the way meant your voyage could easily last days or months. You were likely to run into robbers, storms, and other obstacles that made these voyages not only dangerous but expensive.
In our modern world, we use water for almost everything in our daily lives. The sustainable use of our water resources is critical. And the ability to maximize their potential is essential for our way of life. The problem of access to water is more complicated than it might seem. A significant amount of energy is needed to obtain, treat, desalinate and transport water. Consequently, creating a double-edged sword. So why does water seem to come so quickly to our homes if it takes so much energy? And what actions can we take to conserve our water resources?
World Water Day is an international celebration of the world’s freshwater resources and was created to help spread awareness on the importance of water conservation worldwide. With rapidly increasing climate change, growing populations, and heightened demand for clean water, communities have had to become increasingly more innovative in their water resources. Resorting to water reclamation and water desalination practices and increasing reliance on groundwater, it is paramount that the importance of conserving the world’s precious water resources is highlighted for the prosperity of our future to be maintained.
The New Year has finally come, so let us raise a toast to new beginnings and new opportunities. Energy is an integral part of our lives and is one of the most sought-after products in the world. Energy conservation efforts, scientific discoveries, and the general human desire to improve our daily lives will always be conducive to change. History has demonstrated that minor occurrences and ideas can lead to technology’s most innovative leaps forward.
The US Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and What this means for American Jobs and Energy Education
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), signed on November 15th, 2021, represents a significant step towards truly modernizing the United States aging and increasingly outdated infrastructural system. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), signed on November 15th, 2021, represents a significant step towards truly modernizing the United States aging and increasingly outdated infrastructural system. Consisting of $1.2 trillion and allocating $550 billion in new spending over the next five years, according to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Summary. The IIJA presents a historic investment in our water, transportation and energy systems which could mean new and exciting opportunities for Americans and American companies.
November kicks off the start of the Holiday season! Recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on November 15th, 2019, America Recycles day was created as an acknowledgement of the importance of recycling in the United States. It serves as a time for Americans to educate themselves about recycling and to reflect on how they use and dispose of the recyclable products they rely on in their everyday lives.
October is one of the most memorable months of the year. But there is more than just pumpkin spice and spooky decorations that make October special. Declared by President George Bush in 1991, October is also Energy Awareness Month!
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