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About the Great Energy Challenge

Energy is an issue that touches every person on the planet. That's why National Geographic, in partnership with Shell*, has launched the Great Energy Challenge.

The Great Energy Challenge convenes and engages influential citizens and key energy stakeholders in solutions-based thinking and dialogue about our shared energy future.

It's a call to action to become actively involved, to learn more and do more—to change how we think about and consume energy so that we can all help tackle the big energy questions.

National Geographic has assembled some of the world's foremost researchers and scientists to help address the challenge. Led by Thomas Lovejoy, a National Geographic conservation fellow and renowned biologist, the team of advisors will work together to identify and provide support for projects focused on innovative energy solutions.

Learn more about the Great Energy Challenge panel of advisors here.

The Great Energy Challenge website is a one-stop resource where you can participate actively. Get started now!

Get trusted, balanced and independent global reporting with a scope and scale that stands apart with Energy News—focusing on the most newsworthy energy stories, latest breakthrough ideas, technological advances and bold actions that impact the world of energy.

Engage with the world's experts with the Energy Blog, where academics, engineers, think tank leaders, National Geographic contributors, and other insiders explore the world's shared energy and climate challenges.

Move the conversation forward with The Big Energy Question, where key subjects such as advanced biofuels, natural gas, and supplying energy to world's cities are debated by prominent experts who have the power to effect change.

Uncover Great Energy Challenge-funded energy initiatives from around the world selected by our esteemed group of energy advisors, and become an advocate by spreading the word.

Test your energy IQ with Energy Quizzes that cover subjects that affect us all, such as food, transportation, biofuels, and cities.

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.

Explore the Great Energy Challenge Partnership Showcase, where we provide a spotlight for content and storytelling captured at Great Energy Challenge and Shell events from around the world.

This project will continue to evolve, so be sure to check back often. (Read a message from Shell about this initiative here.)

Be a part of the solution. Take part in the Challenge.

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