Energy Use, Climate Change and Renewable Energy

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As part of CERES Environmental Education Course, you can enrol in 1 day workshops (professional learning days) that focus on sustainability topics. Through a mix of theory, demonstrations, hands-on and design activities you will explore energy use, renewable energy, energy auditing and climate change. Learn how CERES teaches about energy, explore other energy programs, resources and have the opportunity to design your own environmental education activity. 

Topics covered on the day:

  • Understanding of energy and flows & renewable energy
  • Human use of energy and Impacts to the environment
  • Climate Change
  • Energy hierarchy
  • Energy auditing & simple actions for reducing your carbon footprint
  • Community actions and case studies
  • Energy Activities for schools and community groups
  • Creating your own activities and pitching to your audience

Trainers - 

Shane French Excursions Area Manager

Shane’s environmental journey started when his Mum sat him down at the age of about 11 and explained that the environment was in crisis. He wasn’t sure he understood at the time, but those lessons and insights sat with him somewhere until they were ready to bloom. Whilst doing his Environment Degree at RMIT in 1999, Shane worked part-time for Greenpeace Australia, training local fundraisers and campaigners. During this time he also helped put together a travelling environment education children’s show called “The Trash Fairies” in which he had the honour of playing Punk Fairy. This experience helped plant the seed of the education bug he later contracted. After finishing up at Greenpeace, Shane pursued a teaching degree at Melbourne University, and on completion of this worked part-time at both Melbourne Zoo and CERES as an environmental educator. In 2006, Shane focused solely on teaching at CERES which lead him to become the CERES Education Excursions Manager in 2012. Shane remains more committed than ever to the CERES mission: “Address the causes of climate change, Promote social well-being and connectedness, Build local and global equity, and Embrace and facilitate rapid change.” Most importantly, Shane is a passionate supporter of the Richmond Football Club and the English cricket team. Both of which are fantastic character building pass-times.

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What you will learn
  • Energy use, auditing and management
  • Renewable energy options
  • Climate change and climate action
What you will get
  • Access to online resources and energy activities
  • Inspiration to teach others
  • Confidence in how to create your own activities

What to bring
  • Pen and paper
  • A desire to participate in activities and contribute to discussions!
What to wear

Dress for the weather, sturdy shoes for exploring the outdoors

Appropriate for

Beginners to advanced levels in education and environmental studies will gain from the class