We must take that big step and convert our current polluted cities into more sustainable green communities. Our current decisions when it comes to making developments that will meet our needs shouldn’t compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Imagine a world with clean air, beautiful skies, and no more oil accidents and coal pollution. In order to achieve such changes, we have to enter the clean energy revolution where politics will no longer depend on funding from major corporations that support fossil fuels. We have to change our mindsets and cultural dependencies that have immediate interaction with fossil fuels.
The cost of switching over to renewable energy sources has dropped dramatically and can become the most economically beneficial solution for many countries’ energy needs and can improve the overall health of its citizens. According to an article by the Union of Concerned Scientists, by doing such changes the amount of health problems will decrease since renewables have no emissions resulting in healthier environments and less health problems. The most important part on why we should use renewable energies instead of fossil fuels is that they are unlimited! Even though scientists say that fossil fuels will run out in about 40 years, the real question is how long can we survive the negative health effects by using fossil fuels. The atmosphere in some countries is already polluted to the point that people cannot go outdoors. According to recent EPA studies, adverse health effects range all the way from headaches to cancer, which is linked to poisonous gases that are currently floating in the atmosphere. Furthermore, based on research conducted by Cornell, “About 40 percent of deaths worldwide are caused by water, air and soil pollution”. Moreover, let’s not forget that we are not the only species on this planet. Wildlife habitat has been drastically modified due to human-made pollution, the wildlife population has been decreased or even faced extinction.
Already some countries have started using renewable energy as their primary source of energy. According to Phillips in his article for Climate Progress, Germany set a new national record by meeting its daily electricity needs by using 78% renewable energy. Neslen points out that Denmark reached a point where wind farms managed to harvest 140% of the country’s electricity needs in his article for The Guardian. In addition to covering their own needs, Denmark sold the surplus power to Germany, Norway and Sweden, which proves that by creating a framework using renewable energy as a primary source can be economically beneficial to a nation. Even countries that used to be considered developing in status like Costa Rica, can advance in the ranks of a developed country through the help of renewable energies. In 2015, based on the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, Costa Rica has achieved “99 percent renewable electricity generation” throughout the year according to a recent article on Phys.org.
The technology and science that we have in 2016 can easily meet our criteria and needs to help a nation convert into renewable energies and get rid of fossil fuels for good. New technological advances can create dream cities where floating wind farms over major cities and innovative solar panels that store energy will no longer be just sci-fi movie scripts. It is up to us, the Millennial generation, to save our future. We need to make the revolutionary change; act now before is too late.
*The views expressed in this article are of the author and do not represent those of The Political Analysis.