Climate change has been big news in recent years, with more and more countries moving toward a sustainable and renewable energy source to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
It’s not just rising prices and diminishing stores of oil, coal and gas that are concerns. It’s the effect of burning those fuels on a massive worldwide scale, on our planet and atmosphere.
Burning fossil fuels pollutes the air with carbon dioxide, making it a major contributor to global warming and climate change. As the world’s population increases, so does our need for energy. However, we cannot continue to keep using non-renewable fuel sources at the expense of the planet.
Melting Polar Ice Caps
As global warming progresses, the polar ice caps are melting faster than they have in the last 10,000 years. Satellite surveillance for the last 20 years has confirmed that ‘everlasting ice’ is melting, adding fresh water to seas, and changing the ocean currents and living conditions for marine life. The rapid ice melt could trigger uncontrollable climate change for the entire planet.
Rising Sea Levels
With the polar ice caps melting comes rising sea levels. It’s estimated that by 2100, sea levels could rise by up to a metre, which would have a catastrophic effect on coastal communities. If just the smaller Greenland ice sheet were to completely melt, the sea level could rise by seven metres.
In Australia, with 80% of the population living on or near the coast, rising sea levels would shrink the continent and cause a massive shift further inland where it’s drier and less hospitable. This means we would have to rethink agriculture, water sustainability, and our way of life.
Coral Reef Bleaching
Coral reefs provide important buffers for the coastline against waves, storms and floods, protecting coasts from erosion and damage. When global warming causes the temperature of the sea to rise, coral becomes stressed and expels the tiny marine algae that live inside them, providing energy and the beautiful colours we see. When this happens, the coral becomes transparent and looks bleached. If the temperatures stay high for too long, the algae, and the coral, dies. The reef becomes dead and can no longer support other marine life, or act as a coastal buffer.
Switching to Solar Energy
The more we use clean, renewable energy sources, the less we’ll have to rely on and burn fossil fuels and we can start to reduce the damage we’re causing to the planet. Switching to solar power for the majority of your energy needs doesn’t just save you money; it helps to save your environment and your future.
The Solar Energy Experts
By installing solar panels and generating your own free, eco-friendly solar energy, our dependence on fossil fuels would be greatly decreased and climate change could be slowed. GEM Energy provides all the professional advice and know-how when you’re ready to make the switch for a healthier world. Call 1300 969 471, or contact us online.