Recap of Energy Crossroads Workshop
In last chapter meeting we had a great chance to meet Energy Crossroads Denmark. It is a young organisation which by focusing on youth leadership, sustainability, education and diversity acts to accelerate global transition to the cleaner, prosperous and safer energy future. They gave us a presentation about the energy consumption of today and predictions for the future.
In order to understand the world of energy better we were divided into teams and had hands-on tasks with discussions and conclusions of how we all could save energy or use more sustainable sources for energy. To illustrate things we had towers of LEGO bricks showing different uses of energy. The color of each brick indicated the type of energy resource and the size showed the given amount of energy. In addition, we were handed out some cards which described various changes that could be imposed on the energy system, thereby altering a “2030 business as usual” scenario. This play had a name “Changing the Game” and it was based on a simplistic model of the energy system that, although being a very crude approximation to reality, still captures the basic principles of energy systems. It showed and reflected the most typical options and limitations in planning energy systems.
In conclusion for the Nordic region all teams more or less wanted to increase sustainable energy usage. For example coal, natural gas and oil could be replaced by wind turbines, hydropower or solar power. It was interesting to see that in order to save energy and encourage people to use smarter solutions a lot of money had to be used but this money could be easily gained from saved energy.
Next, we had a presentation by Steven Wilson, our JCI vice president, who already visited us couple of months ago. He gave a little speech about how we all can use JCI in order to help the world and make a positive impact to the society. The main message that he gave was that in case of starting a project it is very important to make it sustainable. This can be best done by asking questions of why do we have the problem in first place and start working with that problem instead of just trying to erase the first most visible effects.