Protecting Future Generations
For parents, there’s always so much to worry about when it comes to the health of their children. Are they eating the right foods? Are they getting enough exercise? So much thought is put into the future generations from a lens of protection and prosperity. Yet, the future sustainability of the environment is rarely in the forefront of their minds. With the concerns of climate change at an all-time high, making drastic changes in sustainability practices is crucial in securing a fruitful future for generations to come.
The impacts of climate change are everywhere. You will find it in shrunken glaciers, frequent heat waves, torrential rains, extreme weather changes, rising sea levels, and more.
Climate change is affecting biodiversity. Rising ocean temperatures affect marine life and alter natural habitats, killing animals living in the mountains and forests.
What does that mean for future generations?
There will be more frequent droughts and extreme heat waves, more substantial floods, and hurricanes, soil erosion, heavier downpours, wildfires, and insect outbreaks if nothing is done to fight climate change. This will affect human survival by distressing agricultural yields, causing health and safety emergencies, reduced water supplies, not to mention the ensuing global economic crisis.
What causes climate change?
Scientists agree that climate change is caused due to increased emissions of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. These polluting gases increase the average global temperature by trapping the heat and preventing it from getting released into the atmosphere.
What can be done?
Climate change is a complex phenomenon. Greenhouse gases remain in the atmosphere for centuries. So, even if you stop greenhouse gas emissions today, the current climate change crisis will still affect future generations to some extent. So, the goal today is to prevent it from getting worst to the point that it makes the survival of future generations uncertain.
The only way to fight climate change today is to reduce the flow of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. To reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, you need to address the primary source of it—Fossil fuels.
Energy production is one of the biggest use of fossil fuels today. The world can address this issue by opting for solar energy by harnessing it through solar panel technology.
How does using solar energy fight climate change?
Solar panels use the clean energy of the sun instead of burning fossil fuels that emit harmful gases into the atmosphere. Once installed, solar cells start producing green energy. And in under 30 years, an average rooftop solar panel system can prevent over 100 tons of carbon dioxide from becoming part of the atmosphere. This is equal to planting approximately 5,000 trees!
Let’s break it down a little further…
Producing 1,000 kWh of electricity with solar power decreases harmful emissions of:
- 8 pounds of sulfur
- 5 pounds of nitrogen oxides
- more than 1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide
The US contribution of carbon dioxide emission to the atmosphere is approximately 5.27 billion metric tons. According to the US. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), 22% of the GHG emissions come from industries and 28% from energy production.
In contrast, solar panels don’t release any harmful gases.
If every household opted for solar panels, this tiny action would contribute to fighting climate change in a substantial way.
With Solcium Solar as a solar partner, homeowners can secure a brighter future for the next several generations through renewable energy. Contact Solcium to learn how to save green while saving the earth!