Solar energy is one of the few entirely renewable and completely clean sources of energy that can be harnessed into electricity. Without polluting the earth, solar panels and solar energy can power your home, farm, business, and school and help you keep your energy bills down. Unlike when you use fossil fuels, you can feel good about your energy usage when you use solar energy.
Save the Planet with Solar Energy
At every step in the fossil fuel energy conversion process, fossil fuels damage our environment and atmosphere. From extraction to burning, the emissions poison our atmosphere and the processes scar the landscape. From unsightly rigs to the far too frequent oil spills, the benefits of fossil fuels are entirely offset by their detriments.
The Environmental Impact of Fossil Fuels
While the implications of fossil fuel impact more than just the environment, the environment creates the most pressing reason to switch to solar energy. From climate change to health problems, extracting and burning fossil fuels drastically changes our planet for the worst. By switching to solar energy, we can prevent all of the following environmental problems.
Global warming isn’t a myth or rumor. While the earth does go through natural cycles of warming and cooling, we reached unprecedented levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere during the 1950s. Suburbanization and the increase of industrialization threw off the balance of our atmosphere and has started killing our planet. Heat trapping gasses, known as greenhouse gasses, have created a general rise in atmospheric temperature. A rise in atmospheric temperature has started melting glaciers and created rising shorelines. This creates many issues. Polar bears are dying, resources are becoming scarce, and indigenous, native communities along the Pacific Rim are being threatened. The more we use fossil fuels and the longer we put off switching to solar energy, the more we endanger the livelihoods of these communities and threaten the stability of the glaciers at our poles.
In addition to causing climate change, burning oil and gas creates smog. In densely populated cities and areas, this smog poses a threat to the health of the citizens who live there. Repeatedly breathing in smog for an extended amount of time can cause minor diseases like asthma to more serious illnesses like lung cancer. Senior citizens, kids, and those with pre-existing heart and respiratory conditions at especially at risk. Solar energy not only helps the earth, but it also improves your health.
Much of our oil drilling comes from offshore oil rigs. While this isn’t disturbing the ecosystems on land, it puts our coastal ecosystems at risk. Exploring and drilling for oil and gas offshore isn’t a perfect process and often results in oil spills. The spills can kill birds, mammals, fish, and other species and put already fragile ecosystems in dangerous territory. The more we search for oil in these water environments, the more likely we are to permanently damage our coastal communities. Unique world wonders, like the Great Barrier Reef, can be saved with the conversion to solar energy.
The principle cause of acid rain is electricity generation. Unfortunately, although not unexpectedly, acid rain has disastrous effects on plants, animals, and our infrastructure. Rain, snow, sleet, fog, and dew deposit acidic components that can corrode and destroy our ecosystems. Acid rain becomes more and more of a problem as the population and industry grows. Using solar energy can help prevent all of this.