Loved it or loathed it, the Royal Wedding was a big to-do a couple weeks ago… from dresses to banquet to honeymoon to I CAN’T BEAR TO HEAR ANYTHING MORE ABOUT IT, everyone seemed to have something to say on the subject. Did you also wonder how much energy was spent on it? Linking current events and topics your students are buzzing about, to the themes you need to cover in lessons is a great way to hook them in. Make a connection between things they are interested in and things you NEED them to take an interest in.
Perhaps this is something you can get your class to focus on- what was the carbon footprint of the Royal Wedding? Working it out to the exact gram of carbon dioxide equivalent might be a bit tricky, but you could get your students engaged in discussing the climate cost of the event by identifying where and how energy was used on the big day. How could they have made the wedding greener?
From rubbish cleanup and recycling, to the wedding enthusiasts’ travel to London; from the RAF buckingham palace fly-by to the cost of producing commemorative tat for tourists, it was an energetically expensive affair! In fact the international event is meant to have generated over 1,230 times the annual emissions of an average UK household. And as a TV viewer (which you probably were) guess when the power demand surges and drops to the national grid occurred? (Hint- think about those key moments!)
Anyway, maybe William and Kate are offsetting it by taking an eco-honeymoon. Camping, anyone?