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Renewable energy is key to fight, climate change.
I would like to start with a quote,
“Energy can neither be created not be destroyed. It can only be transferred from one form to another form”.
Can you guess. Who said this?
Yes, Albert Einstein.
There are two types of energy.
Renewable and Non renewable.
It comes from sources that will never deplete. No matter how much it is used. For Ex, Wind energy, Solar energy etc.,
Non Renewable Energy
A natural resource such as Coal, Gas or Oil that once consumed, and it cannot be replaced.
It accounts to more than 80% global energy demand.
So what is the most important secondary energy that you get from these two energy sources.
There is a funny quote “Our generation is better prepared for a zombie apocalypse than an hour without electricity”. Yes, it is electricity.
Why is it so important to understand this subject and how does it going to change our lives in the next 10 years.
Though NRE accounts to more than 80% of global energy demands, it is still called as dirty energy.
Why? Because It is derived from fossil fuels.
Fossil fuels are hydrocarbons. It releases a lot of carbon in to the atmosphere when extracted as well as used which in turn increases the average temperature of the earth. This process is called green house effect.
The need of the hour is to make the world carbon free. It can also be called as decarbonisation.
Without knowing the repercussions, we used NRE extensively. Now it is coming back to haunt us.
When you infuse carbon in to the atmosphere by burning coal, emitting Co2 from gasoline engines the temperature increases and it melts the ice at arctic and antartic region. Then the sea level increases. Lot of countries may be submerged, if there is an increase of 3-4 ft in sea level.
So, Whats the wayward?
Climate change commission and other neutral bodies formed by major countries are trying to reduce the dependency of NRE in the future to control the climate change.
There are countries which are running with 100% RE. Such as sweden, Iceland and UK.
India operates at 35%-65% ratio with respect to Renewable energy vs NRE. It may go up-to 50% in the next 5 years.
So how can you contribute to this shift?
Cut down on the dependency on NRE by embracing RE. Use electric cars and bikes in future when you have proper infrastructure with adequate charging ports. Install Solar panels in your terrace to reduce the dependency on NRE.
Come on people! Lets make this world a better place to live!
Sources – nrdc.org, sciencedaily, Nasa, columbia energy exchange