Why is green energy good?
To answer the question that gives name to this article it is important to first answer another question: to what is green energy the best alternative? The answer to that is fossil fuels.
What are fossil fuels and what are they so bad for the environment?
Fossil fuels are hydrocarbons, like coal, natural gas or fuel oil. It is thanks to these resources that industries have experienced a great development over the decades.
These different types of resources are found and used in different ways, and by various industries every day:
- Coal. Used by electricity companies as heating and powering resource, and according to NRDC is the most “carbon-intensive fossil fuel we can burn”.
- Oil fuel. Mostly used for transportation industries, the also called ‘petroleum’ obtained from drilling the land, being that a very damaging process for the natural environment.
- Natural gas, altogether with the coal is another fossil fuel extensively used to cover our power and electricity needs.
The extraction and our dependence from fossil fuels have a hugely negative impact on the planet, as it generates CO2 emissions, creating a greenhouse effect.
This causes a continuous increase in the temperature on the planet.
What is and why switching to Green energy?
Now, knowing the danger that fossil fuels pose to our environment, the need for alternative resources is imperative.
And that is renewable resources, that is resources that – as opposed to fossil fuels – are always available as they are constantly restoring themselves. We can find renewable resources in:
- The sun. Solar or photovoltaic energy is not only eco-friendly but also very powerful. For example, a solar panel of 3kw-4kw is capable of providing energy for a full family house.
- The wind. Wind power is one of the fastest-growing renewable energies. It is produced in the windmills that are commonly found in the middle of the sea, or land. The wind moves the turbines that will generate electricity without producing any greenhouse emissions.
- The water. This resource is used through the tides (tidal power) and it is at the early stage of its development. This resource is considered as a prosperous provider of energy. as well as continuous, which comes as a great alternative when the windmills are not generating much power.
- Biomass, biogas, or geothermal are other green resources that are evolving as much cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels.
We can use them to satisfy our needs without causing harm to the environment.
In fact, the carbon emissions derived from green energy is closer to none, which is why they are also considered as “clean” energy sources.
By using green energy, we are not only reducing greenhouse gasses but preventing other collateral problems.
Among the consequences of a greenhouse, effects are the increase in air pollution in cities, the rise of ocean levels, or the endangering of food and water access.
Altogether, society’s health system will be at risk, many populations will be forced to migrate or will disappear, causing an enormous economic crisis at global levels.