Currently, our planet is facing a great challenge of misuse and exhaustion of resources – particularly of energy sources. Experts predict that in the years to come, countries from all over the world will face a severe energy crisis that is hard to resolve, no matter how much effort we put in. This is the very reason why today, the government, energy industry, and even other concerned groups are looking for new ways in order to conserve energy and find other alternative sources. Fortunately, renewable energy sources, like wind, water, and sunlight have been discovered, and being continuously enhanced for future use. If the renewable technology is entirely improved and used appropriately, not only will this provide us an unlimited source of energy, but will also give us a lot of benefits, including the following:
Improved Environmental Quality
One of the most important benefits of using alternative energy sources is its positive impact to our planet. As we all know, burning of fossil fuels (which is our primary source of energy today) emits gases, particularly of carbon dioxide, that are harmful to the environment. These harmful greenhouse gases contribute to climate change and global warming. Unlike burning of fossil fuels, the use of renewable energy doesn’t produce gases that are harmful to our surroundings; in fact, alternative sources even help decrease the amount of damaging gases present in our atmosphere.
Safety to Public Health
Aside from contributing to global warming, the burning of fossil fuels affects the health of the people and other living things. The exploration of gas and oil reserves and the production of coal produce hazardous wastes, such as mercury, chromium, cadmium, lead, and arsenic, which pollute our surroundings and contaminate our drinking supplies. This is not to mention the danger that it brings to people working to refine and produce them. Renewable energy sources are clean, and do not produce toxic materials that harm the health of our people and planet.
More Jobs and Boost to Economy
Renewable energy technologies require a large amount of workforce in order to build and maintain. This is contrary to the fossil fuel industry, where everything is mostly mechanized. Therefore, this means that if we continue to support the use of renewable energy sources, more jobs will be created. And that’s true. In fact, thousands of people have been given jobs since renewable energy industry started to operate. And according to the analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the use of renewable electricity will substantially increase to 25 percent by 2025, which will create more jobs and lower energy bills. In addition, it will also provide positive growth effects to our economy by generating more tax revenues, getting more investments from communities, government, and companies, as well as collecting more profits from household and businesses.
The world is indeed facing one of its greatest problems; and it’s only a matter of time before our primary source of fuel will run out permanently. It’s now time to think and act, and start making use and improving of what we have – the sun, the wind, and other natural resources. This will not only save the planet and human race of the present, but it will also create a cleaner and safer environment for the future.