Our way of life depends on energy created from burning coal, oil and gas (fossil fuels). Most energy comes from burning coal in power stations. They create electricity to power industry, homes and schools. Petrol and oil power cars, trucks and planes. When we burn these fossil fuels we release Carbon Dioxide that was buried in the ground for millions of years. It then drifts around in our atmosphere for hundreds of years trapping extra heat.
Oil is incredibly useful and is made into many products. There are more than 500,000 products made from oil. Our entire food production system from fertilizer to transport depends on oil.
What will future generations say when we tell them – ‘Err.., terribly sorry, but we um, burnt all that oil.'