Renewable energy is something we all want. It makes so much sense. Creating energy from the forces that are present on earth! Unfortunately, while huge progress has been made in the past, we are still not at the ideal point where we can sustain ourselves with energy indefinitely without our fuels running out. Let’s talk about the future.
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These are the words of Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). This shows a growth of 3 million jobs in just 5 years. As if we were looking for any more reasons to believe in renewable energy, here they are. According to a report released by IRENA last Wednesday, by the year 2030, the number of people employed in the renewable energy sector could rise up to 24 million. So not only is renewable energy helping with our environment by offering a cleaner method of energy production but it’s also helping our economy by providing millions of jobs. Is there something you can’t do?
Many people believe that non-renewable energy isn’t that bad. That maybe it releases some CO2, but what doesn’t right? Well, let me throw some facts your way. According to the Global Goals website, CO2 emissions have increased by over 46% since 1990. America produces 25% of the world’s CO2 through fossil fuel emission with only 4% of the population. Now, I don’t wanna scare you but imagine these numbers rise! Well, they can only rise so far because eventually, we will run out of fossil fuels and then we’ll look back and say “Darn, we should have invested in renewable energy!”. So let’s not let it get that far.
“Our dependence on fossil fuels amounts to global pyromania and the only fire extinguisher we have at our disposal is renewable energy”. So let’s get out that fire extinguisher and stop the fire. As a young person, you also have the power to contribute. Even just making a petition in your community, talking to officials and convincing them that renewable energy is the future. Or you can use the resources AIESEC can provide you with and go out there and contribute first hand to Sustainable Development Goal 7.
It’s our responsibility to take action and provide our planet with the right type of energy. It is our task not to underestimate this issue and to help prevent the worst possible scenario.
Will you take action on SDG7 now?