Recognizing importance of renewable energy
New sources of energy have been discovered in the following years, paving the way for developments in technology that made life easier and accessible. From steam to solar and wind, society has leveraged different sources of energy from the environment to power up their homes, gadgets, and transportation services. As mankind enters the digital age, they become reliant on more modern sources of energy such as electricity, nuclear power, and more advanced takes on harnessing energy from the environment. But with the opportunity that comes with progress, several challenges also come to light. Presently, climate change and the condition of the environment have sparked concern from people around the globe. They realized that the earth’s resources are slowly being depleted and they need to find a more sustainable source so that present and future generations can continue to enjoy the benefits that come from energy. To help people become more mindful of sources of energy and how they must consume it, Energy Awareness Month was created by the United States Department of Energy. Nodding towards renewable energy Celebrated every October, Energy Awareness Month was first implemented in 1991 by former President George H.W. Bush. The event aims to encourage the government and organizations to sustainably manage the country’s energy resources. Eventually, Energy Awareness Month became popular in other countries as they recognized the need for sustainability in their energy consumption. For this year, the celebration is emphasizing renewable energy and the benefits of powering households with clean energy. Due to various published studies about how people’s actions impact the environment, many have become conscious about their decisions. They’re collectively beginning to realize that caring for the environment goes beyond minimizing food waste and plastic use. Energy consumption is present in their day-to-day activities and their decisions impact the environment one way or another. Presently, many countries are dependent on energy that comes from fossil fuels. However, burning fossil fuels results in pollution which plays a massive role in climate change. The electricity that comes from fossil fuels accounts for 20 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Luckily, several alternative sources are being considered to replace the use of fossil fuels. Some of the available options include solar, wind, and hydropower, all of which have the potential to mitigate the impact of the climate crisis because of the lack of emissions that contribute to air pollution. Aside from not producing emissions, renewable energy also presents other benefits such as diversifying the energy supply, becoming less dependent on imported fuels and creating economic development by jobs in manufacturing, installation, and more. Governments from across the globe have already begun adapting to renewable energy sources to provide residents with an option that benefits the environment. The option of using clean energy in homes also promotes resilience against power outages. But the task of converting to renewable energy shouldn’t fall on the government’s shoulders alone. Private organizations and individuals can also make the switch to help lessen the amount of carbon emissions present in the environment.