Living in Britain means lots of things – including unpredictable weather! Although it's July, many of us have found lately that packing umbrellas and raincoats has been essential, even for short visits outdoors. And although there have been some sunny days, there have also been some chilly breezes blowing.
Weather at any season brings with it lots of decisions about consumption – particularly about energy consumption. We use energy to heat our homes and offices when it's cold (even in the summer, sometimes!); and to cool us when it's hot. But how much do we really know about what energy is, where it comes from, and what the implications for the environment and for people around the world are of using different types of energy, like solar or coal?
Why not pick up on this important issue with your students, or with other young people, by teaching a lesson or doing some activities about being a responsible energy consumer? There are some great resources listed in the Guardian Teacher Network here; and check out our Global Dimension Website for resources (look under the list of 'topics') on energy, as well as related issues such as environment.
Most important of all, do check out the resources and teaching ideas right here on the Consumer Classroom website – there's a whole section on 'Energy' under the themes list. Just use the filters to look for resources in English, and those that are most useful for you.
And in the meantime, let's hope the sun starts to shine soon!