In my reading this week I learnt that America accounts for almost 25% of world energy consumption with just 5% of the global population. The fact is there are billions of people who have absolutely no access to any electricity at all! In recent years there has been a lot of talk but very little progress in addressing these facts, and it seems that pursuing cheap alternative energy solutions must become a high priority.
Even leading petroleum procedures such as Shell, now admit that by 2040 more than 50% of the world’s energy will need to come from renewable resources. (Thanks for these Solar Energy Facts) The technology is already available, tried and tested but it is ordinary people like us who have got to get involved if this is going to happen. It is no use relying on politicians because they can only see the implications for their term – not 30 years ahead!
What is my response? I now live in a house designed to effectively use solar energy to heat my house in winter and keep it cool in summer. I am getting a series of solar panels attached to my roof, as well as investigating the possibility of getting a wind turbine as well.
This is a start. Yet, what the world needs is a preparedness of those who have these resources to share them with those who don’t. That change of attitude is the key to the survival of all of us.