I do not know if you are aware of the current crisis that our planet is in. However, I can begin by informing you all that if we do not change the way we live, the environmental situation could become dire reliably soon.
This is the 21st century, yet the human race still relations on the rejected matter of ancient plants as its main source of energy. People say that money makes the world go round, but oil is what really makes the world operate. Without oil, in all its flamboyant glory, the world's economies, and militias would collapse. Can you even visualize the United States, China, Russia, or Europe without oil? Well, I can tell you that they would crumble.
It is a shame that the world does not harness the numerous renewable sources of energy that are available. Let's take a look at solar energy. The sun provides the earth with enough energy in one hour that the world consumes in a whole year. You may ask, then why does the world not use more solar energy? Well, I can tell you that one of the main reasons is its high costs. However, with new materials such as graphene that allow solar panels to be super thin and more efficient, solar energy is much cheaper than it was a few years ago, and with the amount of energy that it can provide, it will easily outweigh the cons of spending millions of dollars to switch to solar energy. I recently read an article about a plan proposed by two upcoming scientists: placing solar panels on top of roads. Imagine if the United States invested in this plan, and all of its roads were plated with solar panels. The country would be able to shut down most, if not all of its electric power plants that operate on coal, which would amount to billions of pounds of carbon that would never reach the atmosphere.
Wind energy is another viable option. There is always wind, even at night. Wind energy may not be quite as productive as solar, however wind energy can generate electricity at night; solar can not. Wind farms can produce enough energy to power whole cities, just like solar energy. Imagine if the worlds countries harnessed the power of the sun, and the power of earth's magnificent winds. This planet would be in way better shape. Perhaps we would not be facing major environmental disasters as we are today.
If one looks at the news today, one would see that there are two gigantic pieces of the Antarctic ice shelf that is breaking off. Personally, this frigtens me. You may ask, what effect would these huge ice sheets have if they moved to warmer waters and melted at an accelerated rate? Only that the ocean sea levels would rise by 7 feet or more, which means that major cities such as Dubai and Tokyo would be swamped along with the numerous tribes located around the world that live near water.
I personally want to sit down and question the worlds leaders, and ask them how more oblivious can they possibly be. They all focus on war, money, and many other trivial issues, but they fail to focus on the most important crisis that the world is currently facing. I do give little credit to President Obama, and European leaders that have implemented small programs to improve the environment, however, it is simply not enough!
We need to come together, put race, wealth, and differences as well so we can prepare for the fight of our lives, because if the environment keeps going on the same path, the human race will be facing an issue greater than ever before. However, if we come together now we can stop the environmental downfall that is occurring, fix our mistakes, and repair the planets environmental cycles that we have destroyed.
I challenge you to do your part in helping the environment. If you do not want to do anything, please at least share this article, and spread the word. I challenge you to fix our many mistakes, to help with researching new technologies, cleaning up litter, recycling more, anything. If not, if we do not come together now, we will fall as individuals.