Technology has brought us a long way. We went from banging stones against each other to create fire, to being able to create it any time, anywhere with the slightest hand movement. What is the one thing that we rely upon a lot these days? It’s energy. Without energy, the world would be unimaginable. You couldn’t charge your phone, in fact you wouldn’t even have a phone because it couldn’t be built. We would probably all just live like neanderthals, back in the good old days.
Unfortunately, our planet is only so big and it’s resources are finite. Energy production from non-renewable sources will only last so long. It’s important to make a switch and try to capitalize on the natural resources that our planet offers: wind, water, sun etc. You get the point.
However, just creating energy from renewable sources isn’t the only problem. The other issue is who actually can access it. Currently there are still 1,1 billion people on this planet without access to electricity. One of the goals for Sustainable Development Goal 7 is to make clean and affordable energy available to everyone in the world, especially people in developing countries.
However, the only reason to switch to clean, renewable energy is not only because our resources will eventually run out. Think about how much damage carbon based energy makes to our planet. According to the Global Goals website, Global Emissions of CO2 have increased by more than 46% since 1990. The environment suffers a lot and I think we have all seen the changes, our planet has displayed in the last decade. Continuing like this will only cause more suffering.
There is a quote by Al Gore, that reads: “The answer is to end our reliance on carbon-based fuels… If we succeed, we create booming new industries, wealth, clean secure energy and maybe we prevent the greatest disaster so far in human history, saving millions of lives while improving billions more. If we fail, basically it’s business as usual while things slowly get worse all around us”
Let us not wait until things get worse and worse. Action needs to be taken, voices need to be raised. Don’t overlook this matter simply because it is not an immediate threat. For if we wait too long, eventually it will be too late.