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Art to Save Energy – Feat. Bras D’or Elementary

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Last week, EO Genaya conducted the “Art to Save Energy” Webinar with a class of very enthusiastic, super creative, grade four students at Bras D’or Elementary. During the presentation, Genaya discussed forms of energy, how electricity is generated, and some of the various places we use it. Then, the class discussed the idea of upcycling! Upcycling is a fun way that we can use items around the house to create something new before we throw it out. Believe it or not, it actually takes a lot of energy to create things like plastics, paper, and packaging that are designed just to throw away! Due to the growing size of human’s Ecological Footprints, artists in the past have used these various household items and their personal interests in reducing energy, pollution, and plastic, to create artwork that tells the world a story!

For example, an artist by the name of Chris Jorden created this realistic picture of a T-Rex, how cool! This piece is called “Return of the Dinosaurs”, from 2011. Though this picture is beautiful, it actually tells a secret story. If you look very closely you’ll notice that this picture actually shows 240,000 plastic bags. That is said to be equal to the estimated number of plastic bags consumed around the world every ten seconds! Since plastic is created using a lot of energy and produces plenty of CO2, he chose a dinosaur that represents all the fossil fuels burned to make these bags to begin with! 

If you’re interested in booking one of our Energy Webinars, contact your EO or check out our new Webinar Catalogues listed on the resource page on our website for more options!

What story would your art tell about taking care of our earth?

~Genaya Fraser

CB Engagement Officer


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