Today is the Blog Action Day and bloggers around the world have united to put one of the most important issues of the world, the environment, on everyone’s mind. It is estimated that around 15,000 blogs and approximately 12 million readers worldwide would contribute in their own ways to raise awareness about the environment. It’s all about living, thinking, being, and of course, writing green. Bloggers from around the world will write about the environment under the Blog Action Day initiative. Prominent blogs like Lighter Footstep, GigaOm, Pronet Advertising and Google Blogs are supporting the cause. It is not necessary to have a blog writing about green issues only. Any blog, writing about anything under the sun could participate, and write about the green world. And as The Daily Green puts it “What’s most exciting is that the vast majority are not normally green blogs, but rather cover an extremely diverse range of topics and communities.”
I too have decided to contribute and would be writing this post about the environment and green technologies.
To begin with, I first of all decided to have a list of important environmental issues which are anthropogenic in nature. I found one on wikipedia. Here is the list. The list includes climate change, conservation, energy conservation, environmental impacts of dams, genetic engineering, farming, land degradation, ozone depletion, pollution, overpopulation, etc. Many more things could be added to that list.
Now the pertinent question is: How are we tackling these issues? In my view, making the Earth greener is a collective effort where every individual contributes in their own way. I would like to cite a few examples below which I feel should make an impact.
1) To stop global warming, 6 technologies have emerged as the possible remedies to curb global warming. These are synthetic trees, which “suck 1,000-times more carbon from the atmosphere than a typical tree”, orbiting space mirrors that reflect infrared radiation before it reaches the earth, algae forests in the lifeless areas of the oceans could draw carbon out of the atmosphere, floating ocean pipes, sulfur filled rockets “that would explode in the upper atmosphere, spreading a “sulfur blanket” to increase the aerosols that reflect sunlight before it reaches the earth”, and seeding cloud cover. via: The Daily Green
2) There was this landmark development in which Paris city called for a 30% reduction in energy usage and emissions from public buildings by the year 2020. I think every city should try to plan something on these lines. via: Treehugger
3) The Americans are willing to pay higher taxes, or accept a higher price on a new home, if the money would be used for energy efficiency improvements that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which in turn, would reduce global warming. 69% of the respondents were ready to pay $8.50 more a month if 20% of their electricity were generated from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources. via: The Daily Green
4) Recently, New Zealand declared a 10-year moratorium on building any thermal power plant which burns fossil fuels (coal). via: Treehugger
5) In a poll by the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, it was found that 88% of the Americans believe the U.S. should pursue renewable energy sources. 78% of the respondents believed that ethanol would lessen the country’s dependence on foreign oil. via: The Daily Green
The above points indicate that efforts are being made in the right direction and technologies like solar power, ethanol fuels, wind farms, reusable plastics, green computing, space based solar cells, and many many more would help reduce environmental problems to a greater extent.