Investing in our future through clean and affordable energy needs to happen now! Renewable energy sources cannot be considered a backup when we are running out of resources at an unsustainable rate.
Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are primarily driven by the energy sector, which accounts for three-quarters of the emissions. A dirty diet is becoming more popular in some countries due to geopolitical circumstances. At the same time, existing energy systems fail to deliver. Globally, 733 million people lack access to electricity, locking them into poverty and preventing them from taking advantage of the opportunities it offers. The health costs of cooking and heating homes with polluting fuels are significant for one-third of the world’s population. Another reason for the slow progress toward universal access to electricity has been the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of people lacking access to electricity will increase unless decisive action is taken.
There is no doubt that traditional energy sources such as coal, oil, and gas have a negative environmental impact. However, the intermittent nature of renewable energy has prompted us to explore other options for producing and storing energy. Although it may sometimes seem like we are heading nowhere, places like Tasmania, the Orkney Islands, and Iceland are leading the way in renewable energy production. For those of us who are still in the dark, they are beacons of hope.