ENERGY MISSION POWER SHIFT Today, less than 10% of global electricity is produced by sustainable energy sources. This week, discover YOUR power to help change that number. Shift the Grid Our energy grids are built on diminishing and unreliable resources. And more than 1.5 billion people around the world live without regular access to any grid electricity. Our energy future depends on having the skills and ingenuity to harness renewable power sources, on or off the grid. FIVE TOP POWER SHIFTS Solar energy photovoltaics, solar thermal power, solar ovens Wind energy windmills and turbines Micro-grids local networks for local power Kinetic energy hand cranks, bicycle pedal power Organic energy biodigesters, microbial fuel cells Who else is inventing creative, sustainable ways to power our everyday lives? Meet Jessica, a real power player: she invented a soccer ball that generates electricity when you kick it. Play a quick game of soccer with your friends, and you can power your household light for an entire evening. Jessica tested her idea in South Africa and Kenya. Now she has her own company called sOccket to help her spread her big idea all over the world. And she's not the only young social innovator changing where and how we can get power. Meet Hugo, born and raised in South Africa. He makes technology that allows anyone, anywhere to make electricity from dirt in their own backyard. To share his solution, Hugo started a company called Lebone -- pronounced [La - bo - ney] -- it's the Northern Sotho word for light, lamp, or candle. Your LEARN/INVESTIGATE mission this week is to figure out: Who else is inventing creative, sustainable ways to power our everyday lives? Find someone working on a creative electricity project, or a sustainable energy project -- and tell me about their big idea. Find the power players: Try searching "social entrepreneur" and "electricity", OR "social innovation" and "energy", OR "sustainable energy" and "creative solution". Whose great idea can YOU discover? Your objective: Find a POWER PLAYER: someone who is working on an amazing electricity or sustainable energy project. Share your discovery. ACT Design a new way to power something you use everyday. Take a look around you. Something YOU use or do every day could be powered differently. Your challenge this week is to DESIGN A NEW WAY TO POWER something you use everyday. Maybe it's your mobile phone. Maybe it's the light you use to read at night. Your solution should be cheaper, or more sustainable, than your current power source. It's an ambitious challenge -- You know that even if you fail, you can learn from your efforts... and maybe even inspire someone along the way. Your objective: Design a new way to power something you use every day. IMAGINE Tell a creative story about how you're celebrating a special day in the year 2020. You're celebrating your favorite holiday or a special event in the year 2020. What holiday or event is it, and how is it powered? What new energy source is fueling your festivities? Focus on the sustainable energy sources that make your celebration possible.
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