About the Great Energy Challenge
Like food, air, and water, energy is essential to human existence. The hopes of billions for a better life depend on plentiful and accessible sources of
energy. But with the world’s population fast approaching seven billion, how do we meet the growing demand for energy in a responsible, equitable, and sustainable way? It’s a question we must ask ourselves as a society and as individuals. That’s why National Geographic, in partnership* with Shell, has launched The Great Energy Challenge. The Great Energy Challenge is an important three-year National Geographic initiative designed to help all of us better understand the breadth and depth of our current energy situation. National Geographic has assembled some of the world’s foremost researchers and scientists to help tackle the challenge. Led by Thomas Lovejoy, a National Geographic conservation fellow and renowned biologist, the team of advisers will work together to identify and provide support for projects focused on innovative energy solutions. By joining The Great Energy Challenge, we can all make a positive difference in this crucial decade and change how we think about and consume energy. The Great Energy Challenge website is a one-stop resource where you can participate actively. Get started now!
Get incisive, expertly reported energy news, follow the latest issues and join the discussion on the blog, and test your knowledge with our quizzes.
Find energy projects and National Geographic-funded energy initiativesaround the world, and become an advocate by making a donation, volunteering, or just spreading the word.
Use the cutting-edge online tools such as the Personal Energy Meter to measure your energy consumption and share your score with your friends, and the World Electricity Mix Interactive, which shows you where the world gets its power.
Achieve your ideal “energy weight” by joining others around the world in following a 360?Energy Diet.
This project will continue to evolve, so be sure to check back often—you’ll find more interactive features, more partners and many more ways to get involved. Decisions we make now will profoundly affect the natural world and the quality and sustainability of our lives. Be a part of the solution. Take part in the Challenge.