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Kids are more engaged when they are actively involved in their learning, rather than learning through more passive modes such as listening or reading. from shutterstock.com

Involving kids in making schools sustainable spreads the message beyond the classroom

Kids are more engaged when they're actively involved in their learning. Here's how three schools are teaching kids about sustainability by being sustainable themselves.
A farmer who installed solar panels to power his irrigation systems on the family farm walks by the panels near Claresholm, Alta., in June 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Drop the doom and gloom: Climate journalism is about empowerment

Climate journalism can play an important role in painting the picture of a post-carbon economy. It should start by encouraging collective action and a sense of empowerment for everyday people.
This, except printed directly onto your roof tiles. Cole Eaton Photography/Shutterstock

We can make roof tiles with built-in solar cells – now the challenge is to make them cheaper

Australia is in the midst of a solar energy boom, yet it is lagging behind other countries when it comes to 'building-integrated photovoltaics' - solar cells built into the very fabric of buildings.
The latest research suggests that in Australia, rooftop solar photovoltaics are more likely to be adopted by middle-class households.

Are solar panels a middle-class purchase? This survey says yes

Households that are most likely to go solar are those that can afford solar panels, but aren't so rich that they don't have to worry about their electricity bill at all, says a survey of 8,000 homes.
Blockchain technologies could help homeowners sell their green electricity to their neighbours. (Shutterstock)

How blockchain can democratize green power

Blockchain technology could be applied to our energy grids to make them smarter, and turn energy consumers into producers.
Most of the growing number of jobs in the solar industry have more to do with maintaining and installing panels than manufacturing them. only_kim/Shutterstock.com

Better ways to foster solar innovation and save jobs

The Trump administration can boost domestic solar panel manufacturing without slapping duties on all imports.
The potential clean energy sources are all around Sydney, just waiting to be harnessed. Collage by Rocco Furfaro

Sydney’s closer to being a zero-carbon city than you think

Sun, wind, waste biomass, geothermal, tides and waves: all these energy sources in Sydney's backyard add up to a zero-carbon energy solution for the city.
Many homes in remote Indigenous communities rely on wood or diesel for heating. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Clean energy can advance Indigenous reconciliation

More than 200 remote communities in Canada rely on diesel fuel for energy. Cleaner options could fuel a better quality of life.
The imposition of steep duties on imported solar panel components could jeopardize thousands of jobs in the industry. Reuters/Mike Blake

How Trump could undermine the US solar boom

A trade spat could jack up the cost of going solar, killing jobs and obstructing efforts to do something about climate change.
Solar panels are still a rarity in WA’s lower-income areas. Orderinchaos/Wikimedia Commons

WA bathes in sunshine but the poorest households lack solar panels – that needs to change

Western Australia has huge amounts of sunshine and wind, yet only 7% of its energy comes from renewables. What's more, most households in the poorest suburbs are still locked out of the solar panel boom.

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