Earth Day Renewable Energy: Chapter 3

Renewable Energy: Part 3/5

If you were about to click away from this page, you’re making a HUGE mistake that you will probably regret for the rest of your life…yes we are being 100% serious. Stop what you’re doing for one moment and imagine a world completely bare; imagine a world where trees and nature disappear because of humans destroying it; and then wildlife becomes extinct as they don’t have a home to live in, and then humans start to slowly die out. Scary right? And do you want to know the worst part of this? It could have all been prevented if humans had taken action and had done something about it. Well here is some good news. Thankfully, you’re living in a time and place where you can start helping the environment.

With Earth Day approaching, we thought we would take this opportunity to try and raise an awareness for the issues and concerns relating to our environment. This year’s theme is focusing on Global Climate and Environmental Literacy which is also acting as an ongoing goal to be achieved by 2020, the year that will mark Earth Day’s 50th anniversary. So in honour of Earth Day, we’ll be talking about 5 major topics relating to our environment, and we have been busy little bees creating some incredible painted illustrations just for Earth Day.

We’ll be giving you some ideas and tips that you can start doing to start giving your planet some TLC (tender, loving, care). Small and simple changes will create a BIG impact on your environment, which is why you should start today. If you’re not much of an animal or nature lover, that’s okay, start acting for the future of your children!

Here at Salamandra, we care about our environment and the future of our children. Why do you care?

Here’s our third topic, Renewable Energy.

R is for Renewable Energy

R is for Renewable Energy and to break it down into simple terms, renewable energy is energy collected from natural and renewable sources such as wind, waves and sunlight. An ambitious but doable goal set by WWF is getting all cities to be using renewable energy by 2050 which will both be affordable and sustainable. If this goal was achieved, it would make an incredible difference to our environment, such as stopping climate change, which is pretty major!

Renewable energy is a total win for the health of our planet because it could significantly cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, which is playing a huge part on climate change, and not in a good way. If we all come together and step in the right direction, we can overcome all non-renewable energy!

So why are we using non-renewable energy?

The non-renewable energy we use today such as oil, coal and gas have always been the more affordable and efficient option for us. But to continue to use this type of energy could be harmful to our planet in the long run. We all need to start making major changes together! Whilst most of us take energy for granted, we use energy without realising the threatening effects it is having on our planet. If we are still using a vast amount of fossil fuels by 2050, it may not be a pretty sight for our planet…

  • Climate change will worsen, which means heat-related deaths will increase to 257% – yes, 257%!!!
  • A 70% sea-level change will occur, and not in a good way.
  • The heat will not only destroy agriculture crops, but it will threaten fish populations.

If we were to ever run out of oil and gas, switching to renewable energy could be the best choice for us to save our planet. Climate change has already become a reality, and we all need to cut back on our energy consumption before its too late!

How we can help
  1. We can reduce our food waste.
  2. Reduce, reuse and recycle. This will help to minimize waste and save energy.
  3. Switch your car to an electric car!
  4. Opt for public transport instead of the car.
  5. Start running your home on renewable energy.
  6. Conserve energy – try and turn off lights and electrical compliances when they are not in use…it will soon turn into a habit!
  7. Switch your light bulb to energy efficient ones.

Stay tuned for Part 4 which is all about the Earth’s temperature!

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