Looking Forward

sus·tain·a·bil·i·ty
səˌstānəˈbilədē/
noun
  1. the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level
  2. avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance

I kinda like this word of the day thing. Hello there! Let’s start simple.

Think about your average day. Alarm clock jolts you awake. Brush your teeth and shower. Eat breakfast. Drive to work. Type on your computer for a couple of hours.  Drive home. Eat dinner. Watch television. Sleep. Repeat.

It’s like clockwork. You have a pattern, a method to your madness that works. And it involves a lot of energy. But now, think of your average day with no electricity. No water. No technology to keep you busy or help you work. That is a day without natural resources.

Without electricity generated from various sources, your alarm clock, computer, and television would not work. Without clean water, you could not brush your teeth, shower, drink water, or cook. Without heat generated from whatever resource, you would not be warm on winter nights. We take our resources for granted, depleting them at a rate that the planet CANNOT hope to replace. We’re using up all of our dead dinosaur resources, more commonly known as fossil fuels.

Fossil fuels are a natural source of energy that was formed in the past from living organisms. This includes resources found underground that we have been mining, drilling into, etc., which include coal, oil, and natural gas. Fossil fuels are what we call nonrenewable resources, meaning that we cannot reuse them. Burn some coal, that coal will never come back.

Fossil fuels are the main resource used for energy consumption in the United States. Check out this super easy pie chart:

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Petroleum (oil), natural gas, and coal are the top three contributors to America’s energy. That’s 81% of our consumption that comes from fossil fuels. EIGHTY-ONE PERCENT. 81% of energy that we rely on for everyday comes from NONRENEWABLE RESOURCES.

We heavily rely on resources that will disappear within the next few hundred years. It may seem like we have a lot of time considering the current generation will probably be dead by then (unless we evolve into immortals but sadly I don’t think that’s happening), but we are leaving the future generations with nothing. Imagine counting down the days til your lights go out for the final time, and stay out. A dystopian future could be closer than we think.

However, that issue can be resolved by relying more on renewable resources. Renewable resources are simply resources that can be reused, refilled, etc. Solar, wind, geothermal, and hydroelectric sources are all renewable resources. Nuclear energy is a long story-we’ll get into that in a later post.

Renewable resources have been on the rise as sources of energy for many Americans. However, the new Presidential Administration could try to stop this growth. With the choice of the top fossil fuel companies as friends of the White House, we cannot be sure what direction the country will be going in. Each of the resources named are complex and deserve more time to understand. Be on the lookout for future blogs discussing them!

The only way to ensure an energy-filled future for our descendants is to make the switch to renewable energy, and stop relying on nonrenewable resources so heavily. With other countries aware of these environmental issues, that time is now!

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Lemme Explain…

A Basic Understanding

en·vi·ron·ment
inˈvīrənmənt/
(noun)


1. the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.
synonyms: habitat, territory, domain

2. the natural world, as a whole or in a particular geographical area, especially as affected by human activity.
synonyms: the natural world, nature, the earth, the planet, the ecosystem, the biosphere, Mother Nature

Let’s talk about the environment. What does it mean to you? What does it mean to anybody? Is it just your surroundings, simple and evermore? Or is there a level of complexity to it that you have never even thought of?

Whether you barely understand the world around you or whether you’re a geological scientist, this blog is here to help: my words will be here to fall back on in times of head-scratching confusion AND in times of utter despair as the quality of our planet worsens. The environment, in essence, is the surrounding world that is directly connected to each of the living, breathing organisms found upon it. The most basic idea to understand here is that we are all connected.eco

Check out this badass image here. EGO, the far left image, shows the philosophy of the current world, whether we want to admit it or not. In this belief, man is more important and more superior to the other organisms of the planet. Even over women, who literally give birth to mankind- but we won’t get into that.

The image on the right, ECO, is a philosophy where everyone is equal: man, woman, jellyfish, dog, tulip, earthworm, whatever it is, it is equal to another. Humanity is not the only species to rely on the natural world, and we cannot be ones that ruin it for everyone else. It’s okay- it’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget about the rest of the world. But if there is one thing I want you to take away from this blog, it’s that we are connected to the planet and to everything on it. And so, our actions are affecting billions of lives, even if we don’t physically see it.

Respect the planet. Respect fellow humans. Respect the animal life. Try to learn about global environmental issues, like the cyclone that is currently devastating Madagascar, leaving hundreds of humans just like us homeless.  Or like the plight that our ‘beloved’ zoo animals deal with just so we can ogle at them from behind bars. We are all connected. It’s time to start acting like it.