Friday, March 13, 2015

Embracing Sustainable Eco-friendly Technologies

Embracing Sustainable Eco-friendly Technologies The increasing world population is a threat to the environment. With the current state of the environment, different human activities calls for mass destruction of natural resources. With this trend, it does not only pose a great danger to the environment alone but to the living as well. Climate change affects not only individual quality of life through human health but also national security of island countries through higher seawater level. It is therefore necessary to embrace sustainable eco-friendly technologies that will reduce but as well reduce emerging conflicts over natural resources in the entire world. The most important source of climate change faced by mankind has been known to be global warming from accumulation of greenhouse gases rather than any other causes. The mass production system which was conducted by fossil fuel- based economic development strategy since the Industrial Revolution had led to huge emission of greenhouse gases which lead to range beyond natural self-capacity to absorb them and then to the climate change. To begin with, let’s appreciate the direction in which technology is being driven. They are all geared towards eco-friendly and ensuring sustainable environments. We have five stars hotels that have automated light switches that go off once you leave the room; this is saving energy. Look at taps that produce water when they sense the human hands. Look at our roads, vehicles emitting smoke at the same time not visible. Same as solar powered vehicles; end results is that there is no emission at all. A good example is the Ford Solar Power Car. The Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept Car feature solar panels on the roof which tracks the Sun's position. The prototype car is said to be able to travel for 21 miles once fully charged, and a full charge can take 6 to 7 hours. The vehicle is intended to be parked under a purpose designed concentrator (a bit like a large magnifying glass) that powers it by 100% by renewable energy. To our modern housing, home owners have resorted to cheap and affordable building materials but that has no effect on the environment. Public schools, hospitals, offices initially had permanent roofs. Their roofing has shifted from asbestos materials to ordinary iron sheets. This has been seen to be carcinogenic; directly involved in causing cancer. It is changing gradually with development too. All these contribute in one way or the other to improving our environment and causing less harms. We all love to shop, but how we can shop to our hearts content with a clear conscience? Look at how well we do our shopping, by the end of the day, take home plastic bags. We are generating bulk waste that cannot be biodegraded. We really need to think hard before we do our shopping and embrace Eco Friendly Shopping. It is estimated that normal domestic homes are responsible for 27% of total carbon dioxide emissions, with each house producing 6 tonnes of CO2 a year. 1.7 tonnes of which is from electricity 4.3 tonnes is from our consumption of gas. One strategy to address these figures is to use less energy, improving our household insulation and recycling. Another complimentary strategy is that of micro power generation, whereby each household sustainably generates their portion, or all, of their own electric and power supply to provide heat or light, and ideally, generates a surplus which they can sell back to the national power suppliers. There are a number of ways in which households can achieve this: Solar panels, Wind turbines, Geothermal energy and Bio dung. The first and the foremost beneficiaries of such eco-friendly technologies should be youth themselves. There has been mass rates of youth unemployment. Such opportunities should be tapped by the young people at early stages making them social entrepreneurs. Their different innovations at this stage are very paramount since their high numbers add up to the list of the unemployed. They really need to take up the challenge and participate in creating effective use of the environmental friendly techniques hence creating self-empowerment and employment. This will save our natural resource and establish a better world with a better foundation for the future generation and better future. Government institutions and private sectors need to create these new jobs and opportunities especially decent green jobs by expanding the size of green industries. Here, therefore an increase of green jobs should be counted as net job creation. The most efficient way to adopt eco-friendly production strategy is through huge investment on green technologies in the long run. The efficient use of energy or energy saving is the goal we can achieve in the short run. Therefore the difference in the investment capacity between developed and developing countries can lead to widening income gap among them. All these emerging dimensions of technology need to take up on issues that are interconnected such as innovations and developments in green technology. This will help us do our bit in saving the planet, and creating eco-friendly technologies with emphasis on practical technology that will help us make a difference to our biodiversity You can reach me on Facebook: Amb Abdikadir Aden Hsc and Twitter: @AbdikadirAdenKE

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