National Geographic : 1975 Feb
COULD YOUR CHILDREN PASS THIS GRADE SCHOOL ENERGY QUIZ? COULD YOU? 1. The average American uses D2 D4 D8 times as much energy as the average person in the rest of the world. 2. Which gives you more light from the same amount of energy: Done 75-watt bulb D three 25-watt bulbs? 3. The most abundant energy resource in this country is Dinatural gas Dcoal Doil. 4. Most car trips in the U.S. are Dunder 5 miles D5 to 10 miles Dover 10 miles. Chances are, when you were in school, nobody asked questions like these. Because nobody thought the answers were important. But children today are facing an increasingly energy-conscious, environment conscious way of life. They must have the answers. And the sooner the better. One promising approach to energy education is a pilot program for elementary and secondary school students developed by the Bolton Institute of Washington, D.C. The idea is to get youngsters involved in energy-saving activities at home and through commu nity workshops. It is being tested now in the New England states. But there's much more to be done. Energy education needs the support of all of us to really take hold. That means community leaders, business people, teachers - and parents. We're offering two booklets we think you and your children will find stimulating and fun: "Energy Conservation Experiments You Can Do", published by the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation; and "The Energy Challenge: What Can We Do?", published by Energy Conservation Research. For copies, write Conoco, Dept. C41, GPO Box 29, New York, New York 10001. And if you'd like to know more about the Bolton program and how it might be applied to your community, write directly to the Bolton Institute, 1835 K Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006. Continental Oil Company (ConOCO) Answers to quiz: 1.8 times. 2. One 75-watt bulb. 3 . Coal. 4. Under 5 miles. *We're not trying to tell you how to shave-we'd hope nobody would. We just thought you'd like the facts to choose for yourself.