The planet is full of abundant resources and opportunities making it possible to live in a civilized society while being environmentally-friendly, too. After so many years of destruction to the atmosphere, things are taking a drastic turn, and we are witnessing a decline in the supply of our most reliable sources of energy, fossil fuels.
There’s only so many holes that can be dug in the earth before it comes back to harm the planet, which it’s already started to do with climate change.
So what will happen when fossil fuels are way too hard or harmful to get? We, the human beings, will need to re-evaluate how we live and take to a new direction. Resorting to alternative sources of energy that are renewable and sustainable is essential to receive the type of energy we would like and to help bring the planet back into balance so it can do its beautiful thing.
This doesn’t mean that we will need to live like cavemen, thanks to the advanced technology we have today and extensive research, with matched efforts, good solutions are possible.
It’s only a matter of time before fossil fuels are exhausted
We have been relying on fossil fuels for so much of our existence that we have become accustomed to having whatever we want and whenever we want it without thinking twice about the consequences of our actions.
Fossil fuels won’t last forever, and that’s because they took lifetimes to develop in the first place. Fossil fuels come from plants and animals that lived over 200 million years ago and were created by the combination of these plants and animals that died and were covered with dirt.
The combination of the weight of it all, the microorganisms decomposing of the content, and the heat underneath the ground transformed them into what we have been using to fuel our energy. It’s incredible how the planet is full of resources for us, however, it’s apparent that these fuels won’t replenish themselves in 5 years or even 50. It will take much longer and too long for us to wait for.
Supply is unable to match the demand for energy nowadays and the energy it takes to get the last of what is left is unsustainable and harmful to the planet.
There is a lot of debate about when exactly natural gas, oil, and coal will run out. They all have different expiration dates depending on our consumption. It’s predicted that we will run out of oil and natural gases in the next 50 years while coal lasting another century would be the last fossil fuel to be depleted in a century. That doesn’t mean we should rely on coal because the process to mine coal causes way too much damage to the surrounding environment.
Embracing fossil fuel exhaustion
Transitioning from one energy source to the next has always taken a long time; it took 50 years for coal to overtake wood and another 50 years for oil to overtake coal.
Making the conversion to alternative, renewable resources may be difficult and is facing some challenges right now, but we have the ability to adapt and improve these systems to come up with global solutions.
During this shift, we will need to rethink our consumption habits. There are people around the world already making this transformation. When it comes to changing habits in any aspect, it can be difficult but, it’s not impossible.
Not only will changing our energy usage habits improve the impact we’ve had on the environment, but it will also bring more awareness to us and how we live our lives.
Sustainable and finite sources of renewable energy
Fossil fuels produce about 21.3 billion tons of CO2 annually, which is said to be the main global warming contributor and the leading cause of temperature rise on the surface of the earth. It’s also a major cause of extreme, peculiar changes in the weather globally.
In addition to this, non-renewable sources of energy aren’t infinite as they take a long time to restore themselves. That’s why renewable energies are more desirable today because they are infinite and can be replenished easily meaning we won’t run out of them or use them up over time.
The demand for energy around the world will continue to grow, pushing us closer to finding other ways to get our energy. However, the good thing is that as time continues to pass, there is a belief that renewable energy sources such as wind, water and solar will replace fossil fuels completely, reducing carbon emissions significantly.
Experts don’t know how soon or far away this transition will take place, but as of now, it is evident that it will be a slow change with a major shift in the next 10 years or so as solutions are advancing and becoming more innovative.
The shift needs to be sustainable, too
Converting to renewable energies needs to be a well thought out transformation to ensure that the new sources of energy are not only infinite and renewable but are sustainable as well.
There are three defining matters that making are something sustainable:
- Environmental sustainability: It doesn’t do harm to the environment.
- Social sustainability: Healthy circumstances for workers and decent wages.
- Economic sustainability: The ability of an economy to support a defined level of economic production indefinitely.
Taking these factors into consideration will make the shift to renewable energies much more worthwhile and will benefit us as well as the environment in the future.
We can’t completely predict the future since anything could happen. However, we do know that our access to fossil fuels is becoming more limited, and the use of them is only harming the environment.
A slow adjustment to renewable energies is the best way to plan for the future. We can work together with powerful incentives, innovation, and creativity to come up with the best solutions for resorting to renewable energy sources on a global scale.