What do burning poop, a battery-carrying fish and a flag-waving beaver have in common? They are all characters in a fun, witty, fast-paced—and most importantly—seriously informative video by Canadian Geographic Education, as part of its Energy IQ program. Energy IQ is an energy education program that teaches Canadians about our country’s energy resources, demand and production, within the context of broader energy topics.
In its inaugural ‘explainer’ video, “Making and Moving Canada’s Energy,” Canadian Geographic takes on some really big energy topics: increasing global energy demand, the pros and cons of the primary energy sources used in the world today, and how energy is moved and traded around the world—all from a distinctly Canadian perspective. The video pulls no punches, using thoroughly research facts and science about energy production and trade, and presenting them in a unique, memorable and thought-provoking manner that will have you at turns laughing out loud and raising your eyebrows in an expression of ‘I-didn’t-know-that!’
Accompanying the video is an equally fascinating energy-use survey. By answering a few questions, you can discover how much energy you personally use, and compare your energy-use profile to the average in your province and across the country. The survey is sprinkled throughout with interesting factoids: for example, did you know that the average energy used to manufacture a smartphone is 73 times the amount of electricity used to charge it for one year? Think about that next time you trade up for the latest model. Once completed, you’ll have the option to share and compare your energy profile with your friends on Facebook.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) was formed in 1929 with the mandate of making Canada better known to Canadians and to the world. Best known for its Canadian Geographic magazine which reaches 3.4 million readers every month, the RCGS also builds, promotes and supports geographic education among Canadians, including 18,000 member educators working in schools across the country.