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Renewable Energy: the Fuel for a Sustainable Future?

During a time when environmental problems are expanding, perfecting new forms of energy emerges as an effective solution.

Written By: Fernando Cafe

In the 17th century, industries and the capitalist world began brutal labor. As a result, social relations changed, notably known as the Industrial Revolution. Efficiency was required for the machines to work, and coal served as an outlet. As a result, tons of coal were utilized. As a result, toxic gases were released, leaving an indelible effect on nature. Centuries later, polluting sources persist, but new renewable alternatives are emerging as a potential solution for the economy and sustainability.

Over time, wind, hydroelectric, and solar energy sources have been deemed efficient in reducing environmental impact. Contrary to that, oil and natural gas, for example, release pollutants at heightened scales. Thus, a renewable alternative can reduce this implication. However, according to Our World in Data, 85.3% of the world’s energy still comes from polluting sources. This gap denounces the need to encourage adherence to more ecological forms in a scenario where the climate crisis is advancing.

In addition to the environmental issue, these energy potentialities generate positive economic results. Data from Outlook Global Renewables 2020 shows that although investment in the area is expensive, renewable energy could generate $50 trillion and $142 trillion by 2050. This directly relates to job generation, economic development, and the transition to clean energy.

Therefore, one of the solutions to the climate and environmental crisis we face is already known, and expanding its positive impact is synonymous with striving toward sustainable development.

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