Food for Thought!
So why is it with the overwhelming evidence we have and what carbon dioxide does to our atmosphere do we continue on the same path of destroying the planet? Economics, the fact we have no alternative to fossil fuel, the materials needed for construction and manufacturing. Then we also have to think about the natural world, what climate change is doing to sea levels, the north and south pole. The animals are slowly becoming endangered or will be extinct in the near future. The coral reefs and ecology of the world oceans cannot be ignored either, climate change and pollution will devastate the world oceans if we continue on the same trajectory, seafood will become a luxury, not an everyday item.
The impact on food produce is another significant factor we have to consider. Climate change affects all types of crops, not only will this have an adverse effect on humans but animals too, and with the population of the world increasing and people living longer something has to give. The current population of the planet is 7.8 billion people, by 2050 experts are predicting that the population of the planet will be 9.7 billion.
We have already begun to fight back against climate change, over the last 20 years we have achieved a great deal. The electric car is becoming more achievable as an alternative to fossil fuel but we still have so much work to do. Wind and solar farms are fast becoming the power plants of the future. According to the International energy agency (IEA) renewable energy will expand by 50% over the next 5 years.
This brings me to the UK and how we stand in the world of renewable energy. For the first time ever in 2019 renewable energy outpaced fossil fuels. According to the carbon brief report the third quarter of 2019 the UK’s wind farms, solar panels, biomass, and hydro plants produced more electricity than the combined output of power stations powered by coal, oil, and gas. This is good news for the renewable energy sector and the UK carbon emissions. However, a lack of progress in other parts of the economy means that we are still lagging behind and it remains to be seen whether we can reach our legally-binding target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.