In the U.S. the majority of energy used goes toward generating electricity and heat, and to fueling our planes, trains, ships, and automobiles.
Most of the energy consumed for these purposes comes from fossil fuels (oil or petroleum, natural gas, and coal).
The use of these energy sources creates air and water pollution at every step of the process, which harms the health of children living near to these energy production facilities--the majority of whom are children of color or children from low wealth families.
It is also the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide and methane) from human activities in the U.S. These gases trap heat, warm the earth, and cause climate change. Climate change presents serious threats to children’s health and safety.
To learn more about energy, energy sources, and how our over-reliance on fossil fuels harm children’s health, check out our new infographics (click each image to download):
- Why children are more vulnerable to environmental health hazards (Children’s Environmental Health 101)
- Climate change & children’s health
We can all take actions to reduce our energy consumption and to promote clean and renewable energy. Often it starts with learning and sharing! Some simple steps you can take include:
- Take what you learn from these resources and talk with your neighbors about clean energy.
- Ask your electricity provider about clean energy sources.
- Seek an energy audit and have your home weatherized to reduce energy consumption and save money.
- Turn off lights and unplug appliances when not in use.
- Walk, bike, or take public transportation as often as possible, rather than driving.
- Become a community advocate for clean and renewable energy solutions.
- Ask your congressional leaders to prioritize clean and renewable energy solutions.
- Share your clean energy advocacy story with us.
Children and teens! Download our infographic: Take action in the clean energy movement