Fossil fuels such as petroleum (oil and gas) and coal take millions of years to form and are thus considered to be nonrenewable. Higher energy demands and poor efficiency practices have increased fossil fuel usage, and it's now critical to find alternative means of energy generation before depleting the global supply. In addition to causing local air pollution, the burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contributes to climate change. Moreover, many fossil fuels are reaching their "peak" production, making extraction too expensive.
For these reasons, you may want to curb if not end your use of these materials. It takes individual and community actions to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels. You can do your part through different ways, like reducing, reusing, recycling, conserving energy, and making smart transportation choices.
Ways to Reduce Fossil Fuel Usage:
i. Reduce your usage of plastics:
Plastic is made from petroleum. It can linger in the environment for hundreds of years and never break down completely, polluting the soil and ground water. When plastics are not disposed of properly, they kill animals who mistake them for food. You can help to prevent this by: -Buying or making reusable bags. A couple in your car/on your bike for shopping. -Asking your local grocery store to replace plastic bags with recycled paper bags or cardboard boxes. Even biodegradable plastic bags can end up in landfills, where they don't break down properly. This makes them just as dangerous as regular plastic.
ii. Reuse Plastics:
Use old hummus tubs and coffee jars to store dry goods. Many consumer goods can be reused instead of discarded. For example, use a fabric grocery shopping bag instead of paper or plastic. Reusable glass plates and cups will also reduce the amount of Styrofoam and plastics that require fossil fuel resources. When shopping, you can also buy post-consumer manufactured goods made from recycled materials. Some products such as computer printer ink cartridges may also be refilled and reused.
iii. Refuse plastic as often as possible:
Avoiding goods packaged in plastic whenever possible.
iv. Try buying locally:
Food and other household goods often travel in fossil fuel powered vehicles over 1,000 miles from their points of origin to store shelves. If possible, buy food from your local farmer's market, join a community supported agriculture program, or grow your own food.
v. Recycle what you can't reduce or reuse:
Making new containers and paper products uses more fossil fuels than recycling old ones. For example, most recycling plants won't recycle tissues, wax paper, or polystyrene. Unless they offer single stream recycling, you'll likely have to separate paper, plastics, glass, and metals. In some cities, recycling plants pay money for aluminum cans. For example, some centers accept beverage cans but not pet food cans.
Other steps to reduce fossil fuel reliance include ensuring your home has efficient insulation for heating and cooling purposes and using Energy Star rated consumer appliances. The Energy Star label is awarded to efficient products that reduce the total amount of energy used and typically display a calculated year's savings as a percentage or dollar amount to help inform consumers.
Saving Energy Resources in our everyday lives for our future generation can be done in simple ways. Energy consumption can be reduced by simply turning off lights when a room is not in use, replacing light bulbs with longer lasting fluorescent bulbs and only running air conditioning when a home is occupied.
vi. Recycling Energy is one of the most common way:
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 75 percent of American waste is recyclable. You can help reduce the reliance on fossil fuels by recycling your waste instead of sending it to a landfill. Donate working products such as microwaves, lights, fans, clothing that no longer fits and household goods you no longer want to charities like Goodwill instead of throwing them away. It’s also a good idea to participate in your city’s recycling programs that provide trash bins for plastics, aluminum and paper.
vii. Living Green can be another way:
One solution to the depletion of nonrenewable fossil fuel usage is to go green. Going green means living your life in a way that sustains current resources for future generations. Green living always seeks to find a balance between humans and natural surroundings. This lifestyle choice focuses on respecting the environment by using as few resources as necessary; consuming only the food and energy needed for survival; participating in recycling programs that reduce municipal solid waste; using green energy electricity services such as solar power, which reduces pollution; and working together with other community members to ensure your children and grandchildren get to experience the same high quality life. Communities can also go green by encouraging local lawmakers and planning agencies to create walkable neighborhoods where human interactions are favored over cars that pollute the air.
All we want now is to conserve the Energy resources and Fossil fuels for the Future Lives. Hope that after reading this article all of us will be bit concerned about our home,our Earth.
Tazrifa SohrabClass V
Lakehead Grammer School