An ANU Researcher from the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering has published a new children’s book about Australia’s transition to renewable energy.

Renewable energy researcher at The Australian National University (ANU), 2022 Tall Poppy recipient and father of one, Dr Bjorn Sturmberg, launched his new book Amy’s Balancing Act to explain and contextualise Australia’s renewable energy transition.

He was inspired to tell the story of clean energy through a fun and engaging book that brings children, their families and educators together – and he suggests our politicians too – to understand the science and emotions of the energy transition.

“While I’ve been a regular contributor to energy policy and technology discussions, I think the most important contribution I can make is educating and inspiring people to trust in the power of clean energy,” Dr Sturmberg said.

Amy’s Balancing Act is more than a bedtime fable, it’s an invitation to be respectful of the service coal power plants have provided, while being clear-eyed about the brighter future of an electricity system entirely powered by solar, wind, batteries and pumped hydro.

“This isn’t a fairy-tale, rather a description of the transition already well underway today.” 

Through the novel, Dr Sturmberg also hopes to appease concerns and uncertainties parents — and the public at large – may be experiencing as a result of major changes currently happening in the Australian energy market.

‘’I believe that a simple, easily understood explanation of the transformation occurring in our energy system, from fossil fuel generation to renewable energy, is vital to building support throughout society, across all generations,” he said.

“The vision I have is that my son and his generation lives safely in a world that works together on solving the climate crisis, valuing diversity and enjoying the vast potential of low-cost, non-polluting renewable energy sources that we can tap into now.”

The book was launched in Parliament House with a reading by Nobel laureate and ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC and speakers from across Parliament, affirming the importance of a positive and inclusive narrative.

Amy’s Balancing Act is published by Little Steps Publishing, more information is available here.

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