Big History Project
- ACTIVITY: The Appetite for Energy
- ACTIVITY: Unit 9 Vocab Tracking
- ACTIVITY: DQ Notebook 9.1
- WATCH: Coal, Steam, and the Industrial Revolution
- READ: The Industrial Revolution
- WATCH: How Did Change Accelerate?
- READ: Acceleration
- READ: George Washington Carver - Graphic Biography
- ACTIVITY: Threshold Card — Threshold 8: The Modern Revolution
- Quiz: Acceleration
ACTIVITY: The Appetite for Energy
Gaining a sense of how much and what types of energy we use today helps us understand how much things have really changed over the last 500 years. It also helps us think about how our energy consumption impacts the Earth, and what this might mean for the future.
How do we know that life is different today from what it was 500 or 1,000 years ago? One way to answer this question is to look at how humans’ lives have changed from then to now, specifically in one area where dramatic change has taken place: energy use.
List the top three energy-consuming activities that you have taken part in in the last 24 hours. Energy consumption might be in the form of electric energy, energy from food, or fuel for transportation, to name a few.
For Further Discussion
Once you’ve listed your top three energy-consuming activities, share them—in the Questions Area below. Then, look at someone else’s top three activities and comment on whether or not energy was used for those same things 100 years ago, and how this helps you think about rising energy consumption in the last 100 years.
Want to join the conversation?
- How do they build oil rigs(7 votes)
- Good question! BP (an oil company) has defined six steps.
The first step is building a jacket for the rig - a mesh of steel beams on top of a float that acts as your framework. This is then transported by barge to wherever the oil is, and is secured using long metal piles. The third step involves building the topside structure, which is what you would see if you looked at pictures of a rig. The fourth step is connecting the topside, as well as making sure the wiring, piping, and other systems are all in place. Without them, the project would not work. The fifth and sixth steps involve transporting and floating the top to the bottom, usually by crane.
Hope that helped!(14 votes)
- my cell phone, enectricity and my computer.(3 votes)
- Using this computer, eating a super-burrito, listening to the television.(3 votes)
- using oven, imported food, using air con(3 votes)
- Transportation (by car), heating my home, and the energy costs associated with growing and transporting the food I bought today.(0 votes)
- Heating my home with gas central heating. Using electric to power all the appliances in the house. Having carpet delivered and fitted.(2 votes)
- My top 3 things I've used today is My car, my cell phone, and the forklift I drive at work.(2 votes)
- Microwave oven ,tv &,generator(1 vote)
- I would say 100 years ago there weren't any microwaves tvs or generators, I could be wrong but if i am right i would say that the invention of energy using tools have made for a dramatic increase in energy consumption over the years.(3 votes)
- First one: Using electric lights (I'm always scared of animatronics, and other horror figures, so I sleep with the lights on.)
2) My stereo; I also leave it on all night.
3) My computer, because I leave that on all night to, so I can hook it up to my stereo.
Please don't accuse me of being unaware of how bad my energy consumption could be for the environment.(2 votes)
- my car, shopping for food trucked in from who knows where, electricity for tech devices; we used our own power and horse power over 100 years ago, food was more locally sourced (I'm working towards it), and electricity was more common at the city and wealthy mansion level(2 votes)
- The only thing on your list from 100 years ago is cars. The fact that your food came from elsewhere and you use tech devices reflects the higher energy consumption experienced in the past 100 years.(0 votes)
- I used my car so energy required for my car to move ie transportation, I used my computer for work and this homework, and I used the phone.(1 vote)