Progress & Change
|Having an understanding of what
challenges the human race will be facing in our near future, it is important
not to lose perspective about actions we can still take to lessen the impact
of declining petroleum resources. We can break our unhealthy and
unsustainable addiction to oil, but by no means will that be an easy task.
Not only is it important for policy makers to alter their current approach
to the United States energy policy, there are actions that we as individuals
can make, which will have an impact on the global community that may very
determine what our future, and the future of our children will look like.
Government action towards embracing an energy policy that emphasizes renewable energy is paramount to improving the health of our planet as well as all the creatures that live on it. While there has been some shift towards the development of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal power, more steps need to be taken. Currently renewable energy only makes up a fraction of the total energy the United States uses and produces. Whether we like it or not, whether we’re willing to believe it or not, the world’s supply of petroleum is running out. The sooner we reduce or dependency on oil and start seriously allocating our resources towards renewable sources of energy, the less the harsh impact of a world without oil will be felt.
Many people inevitably fear the idea of altering their life in any way. Many people don’t truly believe that they can make a difference in how our planet functions, but the fact of the matter is we can all make a difference in lessening our
|dependency on petroleum based
A good way to start making changes in your life is by changing the way you transport yourself. We can no longer afford, either financially or environmentally to drive vehicles that receive poor gas mileage. While electric cars, hybrids, and older, fuel efficient cars are viable options, there are other alternatives. Instead of driving to work, or to school, people can use public transportation, or they can walk, or they can choose to ride a bicycle.
We can also make changes in terms of what types of food we choose to eat. Although being organic, pesticide free food, is expensive, the price one pays, in terms of eating unhealthy food, that is predicated on unsustainable farming practices, will be by much higher in the long run health of our planet and our own bodies. Additionally, instead of using petroleum based products, such as plastic bags, or harsh household products, such as cleaners or healthcare items, loaded with chemicals, we can use healthy alternatives, which are becoming more and more readily available.
The time for change is now; our planet and our bodies can no longer wait. Making individual changes is important, but what is more important it taking action politically. Tell your friends about the dangers of petroleum based products; call your local representatives, letting them know that environmental change is an important issue to you and other members of the global community. It is not too to make a change, but we also cannot afford to wait any longer.