Deakin Communicating Science 2016

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Can we do it? Yes we can!

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No I’m not talking about Bob the Builder (although that would be cool), but more specifically on how we can change the world by doing little things (just as Bob did with his friends, but this blog post isn’t about him). Now let’s get started

Although climate change has been lurking around the media for so long, there are many options and methods available for us to stop the damage that has already been done.

Globally speaking, Australia isn’t one of the top clean energy generators. As of 2014, 13.47% of Australia’s electricity come from renewable sources, that is enough to power 4.5 million average homes for a year. However, places like Denmark have 39.1% of its overall electricity from clean energy sources. That’s a massive difference. Australia has access to abundant solar, wind, geothermal and wave energy. We have the resources, skills and knowledge to shift to a clean economy that produces less pollution and more jobs. In order to do this, we must reduce carbon pollution by at least 25% by 2020 and at least 90% by 2050. That does seem like a lot, but by doing little things, we can definitely achieve this goal.

Ways in which climate change is being averted right NOW

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The Alta Wind Energy Centre, is currently the largest wind farm in the world and has an operational capacity of 1,020MW. Producing power from the wind is one of the cleanest and most sustainable ways to generate electricity as it produces no toxic pollution or global warming emissions. Wind is also abundant, inexhaustible and affordable.

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Cochin International Airport in southern India is the first airport to be 100% run on solar energy. Just like wind energy, the energy that we get from the sun is just as abundant. Solar energy also generates clean and sustainable energy and is also found on the roofs of many houses.

 

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Three Gorges Dam in China is the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. Although not many will be implemented in the future, as sea levels rise and fall at various times, hydroelectric power is still a better option when compared to fossil fuels.

 

And last, but certainly not least, is recycling. This is one of my personal favourites as there are endless possibilities you can make with various materials around the house. By recycling, you are making the environment cleaner, saving energy and reducing garbage in landfills.

Ways in which we can contribute and possibly help make the world GREENER

  1. Throw out garbage appropriately. For example, sorting out paper, glass, etc.garboology_2.png
  2. Try to avoid the use of plastic bags, they not only pollute the environment but also damage oceans and aids in filling landfills.
  3. Eating less meat, as this reduces the amount of methane expelled. Methane
    is a component of the greenhouse gases. Although this may be hard to completely
    eliminate meat in some diets, reducing the amount will be beneficial.innercowhero
  4. Educating children in primary and secondary schools as well as adults about climate change and the importance of the environment around them as this will be a valuable lesson for not just our generation but future generations as well.
  5. We can buy energy-efficient white goods, to reduce pollution by 50%
  6. Walk, cycle or take public transport to reduce transport and air pollution

Our past and present show how climate change is a big challenge for countless people across different countries and although this has been researched thoroughly, scientists and people focused on a brighter future improve on different ways to eradicate this issue and make the world much brighter. We, however, have to work together and make this a positive change!

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One comment on “Can we do it? Yes we can!

  1. ainaajmal
    May 8, 2016

    Hi there, i agree using renewable resources is the only way of combating the disaster of climate change. As you have mentioned in your blog many different types of renewable resources such as hydro, solar and wind energy, just expanding on that Biomass is also an effective alternative and can significantly make a difference towards climate change. Biomass refers to the use of biological materials to produce energy, without emitting large amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. examples include using general trash such as dead trees and branches to produce electricity, which in my opinion is way more cleaner than using conventional fossil fuels to produce energy.

    http://listverse.com/2009/05/01/top-10-renewable-energy-sources/

    Thanks

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