Library of Links


The following links are organized by relevant Research Question. They are also labelled as either Canadian (CAN), International (INT), American (US), or British Columbian (BC). The links are labelled into Level 1 or Level 2, where Level 2 links are slightly more complex and give more insight into the topic.
      
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Research Links 

These links will inform your Research Questions and Critical Thinking Questions.

Q3.1 INT-US – This animated video shows how energy is generated. It follows electricity from its natural source, through various systems and then into our homes: Link 1 (5:18) L1

INT – What are the different sources of electricity and how are they used in Canada? Link 2 L1 

CAN – Use Link 3 to explore the pros and cons of each form of energy; see the bar on the side to select the type of energy you wish to look at: Link 3 L1 

 

Q3.2 INT – History of Fossil Fuels, why are we using them? Link 4 (5:38) L2

INT – Fossil Fuels 101. Where do they come from, why are they preferred and what are the alternatives: Link 5 L1

INT – Let’s look at some of the hidden cost of fossil fuels: Link 6 L2

 

Q3.3 BC gets a lot of its power from hydroelectric dams, which are considered a greener and cleaner means of providing power than burning fossil fuels, however, using energy carelessly and building more dams to support that is not the answer either. 

CAN – Let’s weigh some of the benefits and impacts of hydro dams: Link 7 L1, US impacts on land use, wildlife and global warming: Link 8 L2 and a Canadian perspective on the topic of hydroelectric potential Link 9 L1

INT – Choose ONE of the examples of people or the environment being impacted by Hydro Dams being built below:

  • India Farmers in India engage in a direct action protest with water submersion against the unfair eviction at the Omkareshwar Dam: Link 10 (5:22) L1 
  • China Details on how the Yangtze River hydroelectric power project impacts the river’s biodiversity : Link 11 L2 
  • Brazil Here is a protest led by the tribal people of Brazil against the creation of a hydroelectric dam on traditional territory. Many other people have not been as lucky and have been displaced without notice: Link 12 (2:28) L1

 

Q3.4 INT – See how hydroelectric dams effect river biodiversity and cause social discontent with the people who are displaced and forced to move because of them in places all over the world:

  • India Farmers in India engage in a direct action protest with water submersion against the unfair eviction at the Omkareshwar Dam: Link 10 (5:22) L1 
  • China Details on how the Yangtze River hydroelectric power project impacts the river’s biodiversity: Link 11 L2 
  • Brazil Here is a protest led by the tribal people of Brazil against the creation of a hydroelectric dam on traditional territory. Many other people have not been as lucky and have been displaced without notice: Link 12 (2:28) L1

INT – China's Three Gorges Dam: Take a look at the reported environmental and social consequences of this gigantic project operational since 2003: Link 13 L1

 

Q3.5 INT-US – What are the hidden costs of light pollution to our health and the planet? Link 14 (1:38) L1 and: Link 15 L2 or the simpler version: Link 16 L1 

 

Local Activity Links

These links will be needed to complete your Local Activity

CAN-BC – Use this BC hydro website, focused on reducing energy consumption, to help with your activity: Link 17 L1

 

Helpful Optional Links

US  A good alternative to keep your home well lit 24 hours a day: Link 18 L1 

INT-US – Here is an example of Students and Professionals continuing the conversation about innovative and solutions-oriented energy: Link 19 (4:42) L2

INT-US – So I have heard that some light bulbs are better to be left on then turned off and on? Let’s explore this: Link 20 L1

INT-US – Time to switch to compact florescent light bulbs: Link 21 L1

CAN –This is the trailer for “Waking the Green Tiger”, an amazing BBC David Suzuki special on the impacts of hydro dams in Southwestern China and looks at locals working towards creating environmental and social justice: Link 22  L1 

INT – Many countries, companies and individuals use as much energy as they please and then trade their carbon credits to offset their emissions. The “The Carbon Rush” trailer highlights some of the implications of this carbon market: Link 23 (2:23) L1 

INT – Here is a more Scientific perspective on Fossil Fuels: Link 24 L1

CAN – Learn about one of the very first Canadian social enterprises and green energy provider Bullfrog Power: Link 25 L1

 

Stakeholder Links

CAN-BC – Through the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund the B.C Government is helping 11 First Nations' communities pursue clean-power projects: Stakeholder 1 L1

 

Current Events

INT-US-2017 March 30th - Independent - Many scientists agree that switching to renewable energy will be inevitable. Why do you think this will happen? : Event 1

INT- 2017 April 5th - Salt - Learn how ocean waves can be converted into energy! Event 2

INT- 2017 April 3rd- Brightvibes - Analysis shows that in the month of March, Scotland produced enough electricity from wind turbines to supply 136% Scottish households. What would this mean for fossil fuel? Take a look! : Event 3

CAN – 2015 May 20th - The Huffington Post  “Sorry B.C., You’re not a Climate Change Leader” Despite messages from the provincial government a recent national report about Canada’s GHG emissions says that BC is not a world leader in climate action: Event 4

CAN – 2015 May 11th - The Vancouver Sun  “Opinion: 100-per-cent renewable energy a paradigm shift” There is more than just better technology needed for a shift to 100% renewable energy, we need to shift how we think about energy production and understanding the impact that this change will have on our lives and our communities: Event 5

CAN – 2015 May 8th Wind Power Engineering & Development  “Canada’s wind industry sets record in 2014, but the next 10 years will not be like the last 10” The wind power industry is growing in Canada but experts recognize that there are significant untapped resources for the generation of wind power, particularly in the Western provinces: Event 6

INT – 2015 April 14h - World Economic Forum “How Egypt plans to embrace solar” With new political impetus for energy diversification, Egypt’s leadership is throwing its weight behind a combination of efforts to boost renewable energy generation: Event 7

INT-US – 2015 January 6th - The Huffington Post  “Energy Efficiency in the Digital Age: A win-win” With an increased reliance on digital resources for personal and business use it is time we understand how our use of digital devices contributes to greenhouse gas emissions: Event 8

 

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Be The Change Earth Alliance has archived all Research, Local Activity, and Stakeholder links to ensure students will always have access to the required articles to complete their Action Pack. These links were retrieved as of February 25th, 2019. These links may not reflect the current state of the website. If you see your website on our citations list and would like us to take it down, please contact us immediately at admin@bethechangeearthalliance.org

“Bullfrog Power - Canada's leading green energy provider” Bullfrog Power. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190122185918/https://www.bullfrogpower.com/.

Campbell Hyde, Black. “ICE Case 254: Breaking Ground: Environmental and Social Issues of the Three Gorges Dam in China” The Mandala Projects. April 4, 2009. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180618161306/http://mandalaprojects.com/ice/ice-cases/china-dam-impact.htm.

Castro, Joseph. (July 25, 2013). “Does Leaving On Fluorescent Lights On Save Energy?” Live science. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170123053026/http://www.livescience.com/38355-fluorescent-lights-save-energy.html.

“Clean energy opportunities for 11 First Nations' communities” BC Gov News. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181110133020/https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/clean-energy-opportunities-for-11-first-nations-communities.

“Environmental Impacts of Hydroelectric Power” Union of Concerned Scientists. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181109085412/https://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/our-energy-choices/renewable-energy/environmental-impacts-hydroelectric-power.html.

Etcheverry, Jose. (May 11, 2015). “Opinion: 100-per-cent renewable energy a paradigm shift” Vancouver Sun. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20160714122830/http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Opinion+cent+renewable+energy+paradigm+shift/11047314/story.html.

(February 6, 2012). “Waking The Green Tiger Trailer” youtube. February 19, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Videoplayback2_20190219.

Froese, Michelle. (May 8, 2015). “Canada's wind industry sets record in 2014, but next 10 years will not be like the last 10” WindPower. February 5, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190205000435/https://www.windpowerengineering.com/projects/environmental/canadas-wind-industry-sets-records-in-2014-but-next-10-years-will-not-be-like-the-last-10/.

Hewlett, Ryan. (April 5, 2016). “Ocean Waves May Hold the Key To Endless Renewable Energy” Salt. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170511180206/http://www.wearesalt.org/ocean-waves-may-hold-the-key-to-endless-renewable-energy/.

“Hydroelectric Energy Pros and Cons” Energy Informative. January 30, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180701200527/http://energyinformative.org/hydroelectric-energy-pros-and-cons/.

(January 16, 2018). “10 Examples of Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources” GreenTumble. January 30, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170709211442/https://greentumble.com/10-examples-of-renewable-and-non-renewable-resources/.

(June 28, 2012). “Brazil tribes occupy hydroelectric dam project” Youtube. February 19, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Videoplayback1_20190219.

(June 1, 2016). “Energy Efficiency in the Digital Age: A Win-Win” Huffpost. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20151116085249/https://www.huffingtonpost.com/tim-mohin/energy-efficiency-in-the-digital-age-a-win-win_b_7481916.html.

“Light Pollution Effects on Wildlife and Ecosystems” IDA. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190119013552/http://www.darksky.org/light-pollution/wildlife/.

“Light Pollution” IDA. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190119053814/http://www.darksky.org/light-pollution/.

Lorinc, John. (May 25, 2016). “Canada's hydroelectric potential” Canadian Geographic. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20160712132459/https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/canadas-hydroelectric-potential.

(March 17, 2015). “Fossil Fuels 101” Youtube. February 6, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/FossilFuels101.

(March 4, 2013). “Hidden Costs Series: Light Pollution” youtube. February 21, 2019.  Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/HiddenCostsSeriesLightPollution.

Miller, Amy. “The Carbon Rush documentary trailer” youtube. February 19, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/TheCarbonRushDocumentaryTrailer.

(November 19, 2018). “Energy Resources: Fossil Fuels” Andy Darvill's Science. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190105011938/http://www.darvill.clara.net/altenerg/fossil.htm.

(November 8, 2010). “300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS IN 300 seconds” Youtube. February 6, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Videoplayback47_201902.

(October 3, 2011). “Energy 101: Electricity Generation” Youtube. February 6, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Videoplayback46_201902.

“Plunging price of renewable energy makes end of fossil fuels inevitable, says report” Independent. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180114042801/https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/renewable-energy-transition-from-fossil-fuels-inevitable-canada-clean-energy-a7658891.html.

“Product Selection Guide” Solatube. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180618200339/http://www.solatube.com:80/residential.

“Renewable Energy Technologies” Union of Concerned Scientists. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20171207151301/http://www.ucsusa.org/clean-energy/renewable-energy.

(September 12, 2018). “Electricity Facts” Government of Canada. January 30, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181227094048/https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/facts/electricity/20068.

(September 4, 2012). “INDIA: Protest through submersion by villagers against unfair eviction at the Omkareshwar Dam” Youtube. February 14, 2019.  Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/videoplayback_20190214_2256.

“The Hidden Costs of Fossil Fuels” Union of Concerned Scientists. January 30, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181228035350/https://www.ucsusa.org/clean-energy/coal-and-other-fossil-fuels/hidden-cost-of-fossils.

Wall, Phil. (March 11, 2013). “2013 MIT Energy Conference: From Idea to Impact” Vimeo. February 22, 2019.  Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/150640085.

Zayed, Dina. (April 14, 2015). “How Egypt plans to embrace solar” World Economic Forum. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20160928032753/https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/04/how-egypt-plans-to-embrace-solar/.

“21 tips: no-cost ways to save electricity” BC Hydro. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181130144455/https://www.bchydro.com/powersmart/residential/savings-and-rebates/everyday-electricity-saving-tips.html.

(2009). “Impact of Three Gorges Dam” YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE. April 4, 2009. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170825134416/http://www.yangtzeriver.org/threegorges_dam/impact.htm.