The Price We Pay for Energy

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Have you ever thought how you get the energy to perform your day-to-day activities? Yes, of course, you know how. You eat every day and that food gives you the energy for your daily routine. This energy does not come free; you have to work for it and you have to pay for it.

There is another kind of energy that we currently pay for, the energy that surrounds us in all the appliances and gadgets that we use daily! Most of us pay a heavy price for utilizing this energy in the form of electricity. If you have kept up with the recent news on environmental changes on earth, then you would know that our extreme dependence on electricity and carbon has been causing the ever so controversial “global warming.”
Increased production of carbon and carbon dioxide in a direct or indirect way has been considered as the major contributor to the global warming phenomenon.

Even after the global warming discussion has been beaten to pulp, people still do not seem to completely understand that when we have the option of not affecting the earth by using the FREE energy that is available to us, namely solar energy. For example, let us look at this recent news article ‘Asia Begins Embracing Solar Power’ in the New York Times. It talks about how different nations in Asia are stepping up toward applying and using solar energy for different basic needs of the people, whether in the rural or in the urban setting, and how it benefits the nation, its people and the earth on the whole.

However, it is true that we still do prefer to depend on “conventional sources of energy” like electricity produced in the conventional way. You can read more about it in the article ‘The Solvable Problem of Energy Poverty’ in the National Geographic news that talks subtly about how electricity can be used for a long term, and how it might not increase global warming too.

The intention here is not to criticize or praise any of the progress made, but it is only to highlight the same and bring it to the attention of the people – the general public, who should be the ultimate decision maker.
Science has definitely made a lot of progress in terms of using solar energy; there is no denying that, and when it comes to advances in science and technology (current context being – our environment), we always hear it in terms of contributions from developed and/or developing nations of the world.

The focus of the first article is India, a developing nation, with millions below the poverty line. It is a known fact that there will be no thought given to the “progress of the nation” or to “green living” in a place where most people spend most of their time trying to figure out the basic needs of daily life – food, clothing and shelter. And, it is also known that this is the case in most of the developing nations in the world. But, what needs to be brought to our attention is that we, the people who can afford to pay for our energy requirements, are the ones who need to take the first step in solving the problem of energy use, the problem of abusing the earth and our environment, the problem of poverty, and the problem of the increasing population of the human race on earth.

The weird thing is how we tend to ignore the FREE services of the universe just for the lack of will and just for the want of convenience. God and nature are not always going to keep giving us a second chance.