23. Reduce fossil fuel use in London

By Martin Crabbe | March 26 2019

23. Reduce fossil fuel use in London

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    #Love London. Love the World  

    Climate Action 23: Reduce fossil fuel use in London (Global Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy)

    Target audience: Key Stage 3 Chemistry students

    1. The boy who harnessed the wind

    William Kamkwamba became a self-taught windmill constructor in Malawi at the age of 14. He wrote a book about his amazing story entitled “The boy who harnessed the wind”. The book has recently been made into a film directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. You can watch William talk about his windmill at his first TEDtalk (aged 19) here:

    William stated that “Technology can solve all the problems we are facing.” You’re going to consider this statement from London perspective now by looking at London’s dependence on fossil fuels to power our transport system. Your aim is to provide clean and affordable energy to power London’s transport system.

    After finishing your project turn William’s statement into a question and ask yourself: “Can technology solve all the problems London is facing?”

    1. London Refuelled

    With a population of over 8 million and many people commuting to London for work every day, transport is a key issue for everyone. London has seen amazing transport developments in terms of the DLR, River boats, the Javelin trains used during the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and Cross Rail. London’s iconic symbols, London buses, London taxis, the London Eye and the Emirates, show the amazing nature of modern technology and how this has developed to cope with the movement of such large numbers of people.

    However the reliance on combustion for transport over time has resulted in problems of pollution. To address this new technologies have been developed, such as electric cars and catalytic converters for buses. Social solutions, intended to change behaviours, have also been implemented, including the Congestion Charge Zone and the Low Emission Zone. Students will study the basic chemistry of combustion, looking at different fuels and their energy output as well as possible contribution to pollution. Their ability to represent reactions using words diagrams and symbols will be developed. Students will study the carbon cycle and consider how transport adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

    With special thanks to the Museum of London and UCL (Institute of Education).

    Click here to see the resource London Refuelled

    1. Background to this resource

    This project aims to:

    1. Connect London’s schools to great resources based on their city and
    2. To suggest ways to introduce a global perspective to their work.

    Each blog will be based on two major curriculum resources available freely to teachers:

    1. The London Curriculum– developed by experts in their field working in partnership with the Mayor of London and his Education and Youth team.
    2. The World’s Largest Lesson– produced by Project Everyone in partnership with Unicef to help schools address three major challenges:
    • End extreme poverty
    • Fight inequality and injustice
    • Tackle climate change

    Each blog will aim to provide ways for teachers to reflect on these big issues through their own contexts, subject areas and from a London perspective.

    Thanks to the teams at City Hall and Project Everyone for providing these great resources. Some of my blog has been adapted from their websites.


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