Now that we’ve celebrated Earth Day 2009, ts time for us to get real about the situation facing all of us. The Dark Side of Oil is one that we rarely want to address, but its time to face the facts. We may have already reached Peak Oil. It is NOT a renewable resource. Fossil fuels will run out one day.
We cannot continue on our current path. We need to do something right away… perhaps even yesterday… to turn things around and preserve our environment not only for ourselves, but for our kids and grandkids.
Perhaps some of the facts that I read in a recent publication from National Geographic will change some of the most stubborn minds. Because those people may not be reading this blog, its up to YOU to forward this information onto them.
Pick your communication method of choice: email, Facebook, Twitter, you name it. Its time to make news regarding environmentally-friendly energy go viral. Spread the news about the dark side of oil. Even if we only change a few minds, we’re heading in the right direction.
Regarding use of fossil fuels, consider this:
- The amount of oil and natural gas reserves left in the world is 1.2 trillion barrels.
- Before you think that sounds like a lot, consider that it took only 140 years to consume 1 trillion barrels of oil. The next trillion barrels may be used up in a mere 30 years.
- Urban areas are using up more than their fair share of energy: 2/3 of all consumption, while only 1/2 of the population lives in cities
- In order to process just one barrel of oil from Canada, the amount of natural gas required could heat a home for 4 days.
Now is the time – more than ever – for renewable energy options like solar, wind and geothermal. Of course, even if you are not prepared to invest in clean energy, you can cut down your use of oil and gas through simple, everyday decisions:
- Drive less
- Consolidate trips
- Turn down your thermostat during winter and up during summer
- Check insulation levels, drafts and the need for caulking
- Power down everything as often as possible (consider use of power strips)
- Eat and shop locally
- Go vegetarian at least twice a week
We want to hear about your “going green” decisions and successes. Earth Day is more than just 1 of 365 days in a year.
Please share in the comment section below. If you have a great tip to cut back on use of fossil fuels, please let us know!