If there’s one thing we know for sure – we can’t go on like this.
At this rate, by the time our grandchildren are leaving school, there’ll be none of the earth’s natural resources left for us to plunder. Not that it will matter as global warming will probably have cooked us all to a crisp anyway.
But there are alternatives to burning fossil fuels – coal, crude oil and natural gas formed deep under the earth during the age of the dinosaur - and if we embrace them now, there’s still hope for our grandchildren and for the planet.
Renewable energy does what it says on the tin - it goes on giving. It is clean and green because it doesn't pollute the air or the water and it is generated by resources that are replaced by nature.
So what is the problem with using fossil fuels and what are the disadvantages of using renewable energy sources?
The energy that we use comes from electricity; electricity is generated by burning coal, oil or gas, fossil fuels that can’t be replaced and that cause the pollution that is slowly but surely destroying the planet. But we like using fossil fuels because they're cheaper and most people are unwilling to pay more on their monthly utility bills.
Unlike natural gas and coal, renewable energy sources can't be stored up; if the wind doesn’t blow and the sun hides behind clouds, there isn't always enough power for everyone.
Each month we are going to give you all the facts about a different type of renewable energy, starting with Wind Power next week!
Below is a list of enegery sources we intend to cover throughout the coming months, so keep checking back here for all the information you could need.