HAMMONTON - In a world increasingly de
pendent on energy, it is becoming ever more important to learn how to manage it, which is why Stockton University professor Tait Chirenje held a talk on the subject Nov. 2 at Kramer Hall.
Professor Chirenje’s lecture — “Sustainable Energy Management at Home” — was the second one in a three-part series aimed at sustainability. The first lecture was on water management. Chirenje teaches in Stockton University’s Environmental Sciences and Geological department and has a passion for sustainability.
“I am aware that nothing I do on an individual level can help. It has to be on a much bigger scale,” said Chirenje at the start of his lecture. However, Chirenje makes it clear that the steps we make on an individual level are not meaningless.
Just to give an idea of the amount of energy a single person can use, Chirenje said that it would take 7.5 planet Earths in order for everyone in the world to live like he does, keeping in mind that he takes steps for sustainability.
Chirenje connects energy use with climate change. A common misconception is that weather and climate are the same things, but they are not. Climate happens over decades and weather is today.
While climate change is happening, it is not happening in the same way all over the planet. Even in the United States, it is not uniform. What is definite is that the data shows the 10 hottest years on record have all happened since 1998.
Here are some of the steps an individual can take to help sustain energy, according to Chirenje.
• First, start with your lightbulbs. Look for lightbulbs that use the EnergyStar symbol. It is important to read the fine print on the box as it will give you all the information you need.
• Other steps include fixing leaky faucets and buying new, more energy efficient household appliances and thermostat.
“We need to rethink how we make things and demand it from the manufacturers,” said Chirenje, who makes it clear that government involvement is essential, “If the government was really involved, things would change.”
Chirenje’s next lecture, which will be about waste, will be held Nov. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stockton University Kramer Hall.