What is really happening with our planet? Post number 1. Coal
There are so many conflicting messages around climate change. One extreme side is messages of fear-inducing, apocalyptic forecasts. The other side is that of denial, that everything is fine! Stop asking me! My question is what is really happening with our planet? I can at least know what it is that I don't know.. and that is how is mother earth actually doing? So I am on a mission to learn new things every week in the aim to be able to gain knowledge on the planet's state, which is the key to any type of change or solution.
The god of coal
This week I have been researching into the Big Bad guy of the whole story; coal. He is, however, less like a person and more of a god. (Let's make this real dramatic). So, who is the god of coal? We humans signed a deal with the Coal God because he has the power to fuel our development. By going into business with Coal we were able to create an organised society; machines were able to mass produce products and raise our living standards. Transportation was possible where it had never previously been. It was big cheers all around really. However, Coal God slowly revealed itself to be mightily flawed. He likes to wreak havoc, he likes to spread poison into the earth's atmosphere. He is the embodiment of destruction and no f***s given. Our foremothers and fathers had inadvertently signed a deal with the devil.
Coal is the worst fossil fuel for our planet because it releases the highest amounts of carbon dioxide.
So if this is known by our governments, how are we doing on coal consumption? The countries who have had the privileges of industrialisation the longest have been able to offset their coal use for electricity with natural gas and renewable sources (slowly but surely). Collective high five! However, this progress has been offset by the development of countries who are newly entering their own industrialisation and this means that this year the collective globe dwellers have actually increased their use of coal. So it seems that climate change is an issue that the privileged are able to deal with.
What are ways to help developing countries to adopt renewable energy?
This can all get gloomy very quickly, so lets flip it. Developing countries could actually see this as an opportunity to learn from what the developed countries have mistakenly done. This can save them money and time but there needs to be a teamwork between those who have learned the hard way and those that are yet to take the leap.
"Sustainable energy policies are more likely to succeed if they also contribute toward other societal and economic development objectives. Governments should look across policies to maximize positive synergies where they exist and avoid creating cost-cutting incentives."
What can we do?
I love the company Trine. It uses crowd funded investments, where you loan out money as part of a crowd to projects to build solar panels for villages in developing countries. The income generated through the use of renewable energy is then paid back to your account over a specific amount of time, where you can withdraw it or reinvest. You select the exact project you want to invest in where they state how long it will take to get a return on your investment. Read more about how it works here. With this, you are being a catalyst for people to level up to renewable energy sources and you are enabling them to reach new levels of modernisation and life quality. Yay!
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