Why We Exist
Can you imagine a world where you can’t heat your house with natural gas and you can’t put gasoline in your car? How will you keep warm or travel?
It may be hard to picture, and too far in the future to worry about, but we shouldn’t take our energy supply for granted. Electricity can be generated from solar, wind, geothermal and nuclear energy, but currently these technologies are too expensive, and too inefficient, to replace petroleum on a global scale.
Who will find and develop the technology to exploit the non-renewable resources we are certain to need in the future? Geoscientists!
There is a direct connection between everyday items we know and love and the natural resources they come from. Where did your fleece jacket come from? Not mega-mart; it is derived from petroleum products. Did you know that your smart phone has precious metals and minerals in it? How will you charge up your solar-powered car if the sun doesn’t shine? How is electricity generated for your electric car? With the rise of greenhouse gases and carbon taxes there is increasing pressure to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, and nuclear energy is curtailed by public fear. Geothermal energy isn’t widely available, while solar and wind resources are sporadic and the infrastructure takes up space. Water resources are precious and will become political issues. Water must be found for growing populations in under-developed countries. Who will solve these problems that the world will face in the future? Geoscientists!
If you live along the coastline, how will you know if there is a tsunami danger? If you are in a landslide, earthquake, or volcanic area, what’s the risk? How will you know if your home is built in a safe and stable location? Geophysicists will tell you!
The youth of today are the decision-makers of tomorrow and will need to make informed decisions based on science. We give young people, students and the public the opportunity and resources to understand the impact and importance of Geoscience – the science of our Earth.
The Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists is more than a professional society focused on geophysical problems. Its Foundation is a charitable organization with a mandate for promoting Geoscience across Canada. It is committed to educating youth and raising awareness of environmental issues in the community. We can imagine and create a better future.