Reminders Often Take the Form of a Crisis

In these days of cataclysmic and terrifying natural and industrial disasters,
even the most
progressive of citizens may question the importance of developing green
technology
or attempting to live in a way that is more environmentally sustainable. Some
may say
that there are simply more troubling and immediate issues to be considered, or
that it is
inconsiderate to bring up something as inconsequential as green technology when
such
crises need attention.

 




Indeed, we must all give our attention, energy, and thought to the recent
natural disasters
and the emergencies (both societal and environmental) that they have left in
their wake.
However, we must look at the deeper root issues that tend to exacerbate or even
entirely
create these horrible catastrophes. We must look beyond even the major current
problems
of the effects of climate change on agriculture and those fossil fuels on air
quality and on
national economies.

By adopting green technologies and introducing them into our
lifestyles now, we
can
prevent future disasters such as those that have stricken various parts of the
world over
the past year. The oil spill caused by the poor safety practices and general
negligence of
the British Petroleum Company devastated hundred of miles of coastlines, and
wreaked
biological havoc, the permanent effects of which we are not yet entirely aware.
A similar
incident, in which the Exxon-Valdez tanker crashed and ruptured near the coast
of Prince
William Sound in Alaska and released several hundred thousand barrels of crude
oil
along the coastline, also received quite a bit of media attention.

Our dependence as a society on oil and
fossil fuel use has become a commonly
recognized problem, both for the impacts such an addiction has on our natural
world
and our health, as well as for the effects on national finances and
infrastructure that will
inevitably arise when these resources become scarcer and eventually run out
entirely.

Many have also viewed nuclear energy with suspicion for generations, though it
has
often received little media attention due to a widespread, but false,
acknowledgement
that the electricity generated by nuclear reactors all over the world are a
necessity for
the continuation of our current lifestyles. There is generally a larger national
outcry,
however, when major disasters bring these facilities into the public eye. The
Chernobyl
incident in 1986, to which thousands of deaths are attributed, is considered to
be one of
the worst nuclear energy catastrophes in history. The 2011 earthquake in
northern Japan

caused a number of potentially catastrophic issues at the
Fukushima Nuclear
Power Plant
,
including core meltdown in the reactors that could result in a widespread
release of toxic
radioactive matter.

All of these disasters are evidence of the dangers of utilizing unsafe energy
sources. Green technology is gaining popularity for many reasons, but it should
quickly be widely realized and acknowledged that our current energy sources are
dangerous. The energy options offered by green technology practices include
hydropower, solar power, and wind power, none of which have any potential for
causing environmental catastrophes.
Green
technology
can produce safe, reliable, and clean electricity, removing the
worries of the hazards of nuclear or fossil fuel use.

 

About the author

 

Environment911.org
is an interactive website for individuals to come and discuss the environment
from green business to natural disasters. We feel it is important for people to
come together and share their thoughts, ideas and visions for the future. The
more we can communicate what is happening in our world, the more people can be
educated and the more we can progress.

Through Environment911.org we are raising money for environmental initiatives
and advances, but our website is just one way we are helping the environment.
Beyond Environment911.org you can find us on Facebook and Twitter where we are
continuing to spread the message about our global environment and the impact
that we have on it every day.


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