Energy provides the ability to do work, allowing all living things to exist and thrive. All creatures who inhabit the Earth require energy to survive. However, humanity's unique relationship with energy is a bit more complex. Not only have people utilized energy to survive, but they have also developed techniques to transform energy and maximize its potential, exponentially and rapidly improving the quality of life we can enjoy. As beneficial as this is, development comes at a cost. Understanding the relationship between the Earth's natural resources, energy, society, and the environment is critical for the longevity of our modern lifestyles and the planet's survival for generations to come. In this section, you will learn all there is to know about energy so that you can lend the world a helping hand by becoming a more resourceful and responsible energy consumer.