By Abdelmohsine El Hallouati
By Abdelmohsine El Hallouati
Rabat – The Break Free campaign, calling for less dependence on fossil fuels and emphasizing the need to accelerate an energy transition, is reaching new heights and gaining more ground due to increasing media attention and protest movements worldwide.
The world needs to shift toward clean energy alternatives instead of continuing to rely on the detrimental burning of fossil fuels. It is imperative that a revolution takes place in the world in order for us to meet 100% renewable-based energy in the nearest future possible. Wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal power all have rewarding economic, environmental, and health outcomes and can be implemented in almost every country in the world regardless of the geographic inconveniences – in contrast with the traditional fossil fuel industry that only benefits the minority while impoverishing and ailing the majority.
Facts show that a complete shift to renewable energy is reachable in a matter of a few short decades. Canada for instance saw an increase in renewable energy spending by 88% in 2014, with investments directed primarily at solar, wind, and hydropower; however, the country might be economically outdistanced by the United States unless it moves to a 100% clean energy economy. South of Canada, a study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory suggests that up to 80% of domestic electricity can be supplied by renewables by 2050 – although that should happen even faster. This can be realistically achieved if the right policies are adopted.
Moreover, the country’s large, varied terrain and ecosystem will certainly allow it to diversify its capacity for deploying clean energies. For the U.S., plenty of options are available, including wind turbine technologies, bio power, geothermal, or hydropower. Also, nations can follow the example of Turkey to move toward attaining their energy independence. The country has broken free from its mines and is gradually moving forward to taking advantage of its abundant solar and wind potential.
In Nigeria, despite the country’s enormous natural reserves and heavy reliance on oil, many local citizens in remote towns are still cut off from the electricity supply. This clearly shows time and again that oil and fossil fuels do not always bring wealth even to those who live beside oil wells. However, the country ultimately plans to transition progressively to renewable energy. Further south in South Africa, the nation has proven to be an important player regionally, triumphing over its dependence on coal mines. Finally, the most worthy example of success would be that of Germany. The country is a leading example in implementing innovative techniques to fight climate change. The list of countries which already are on the right path, one of clean energy, goes on, and the trend is spreading at a rapid pace meaning that the world indeed can make its transition into green energy and break free from fossil fuels within a few decades.
There is no better moment than the present to shift our energy strategies and declare war on the burning of fossil fuels. The fossil fuel industry is outweighed by renewables in many regions of the globe and likely will be eclipsed sooner or later. The current crash in oil prices reinforces this view. A number of countries around the world are now cutting subsidies on oil in hopes of relieving the burden on their national budgets. For economies relying heavily on oil exports, the energy transition represents a new horizon in their hope of benefiting from clean energy alternatives.
Far beyond these advantages, by putting the last nail on the coffin of traditional energy sources, the world will have also left behind, once and for all, many of the problems that modern history has known. The rise of imperialism, wars, and devastating conflicts have nearly always been linked to the irresponsible search for oil and other unrenewable resources to the detriment of states’ freedom and sovereignty. These and other factors provide more than legitimate reasons to keep fossil fuels in the ground and turn to wise energy choices of which plenty are within reach.
How we can quickly switch to renewables depends on each individual country’s willingness, capacities, and unique environment. We can still make it to the 100% renewable energy target, even before 2050, because our world possesses boundless possibilities. Nothing is more abundant than sunshine, sea waves, and geothermal heat. These are inexhaustible, environmentally friendly and can last us for generations to come, unlike fossil fuels that can harm not only our planet but also threaten our entire species, leaving no room for our children and grandchildren to prosper. If every nation solely focuses on taking full advantage of what it has and what is capable of doing, wonders and miracles will become reality! As renewable energy played the ultimate savior for an American town in Kansas following a devastating tornado, renewables will come to aid humanity in tough times everywhere around the globe.
Fossil fuels are weaker than ever, and the world needs to seize this opportunity to break free from traditional energy sources. Despite countries not completely investing in wind, solar, and hydropower, there are clear signs around the world that nearly every nation is willing to embrace renewables in the foreseeable future. We possess more potential than we think; we should only have a sharp vision and come up with new strategies to our energy dilemma and thus overcome the many challenges it entails. So, let’s break free from poisonous sources of energy and open up new horizons for the many generations to come.
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