A Shift to Renewable Energies

by atherrien on September 25, 2015 - 9:42pm

Switching completely to renewable energies by 2050 to get rid of non-renewables is not only possible but also would create millions of job according to a document published by Greenpeace on Monday. The article "Une transition vers l’énergie renouvelable créerait des millions d’emplois" published in Le Devoir puts forward that sceptics are to be confused about the possibility to live completely depending on renewable energies. 

The article puts forward two main points to assess the inevitable switch to renewable energies. First, the solar and wind energy have come to maturity and outperform oil in terms of production costs. In the long run, these sectors are even expected to outperform oil in terms of job opportunities. The job demand in the wind energy sector, for instance, will literally be ten times greater than it actually is by 2030. Moreover, the augmentation of oil prices due to its growing rarity will benefit to renewable energies, as they are always available in great quantities. Definetely, most energy demand will be growingly satisfied by the sustainable energies. However, the author underlines the fact that today, 80% of the energy demand is satisfied by fossil energies.

I believe the shift to renewable energies would not only be economically profitable as proposed in the article, but also the best choice for future generations. Indeed, it is a simple act of generosity towards next generations to take action now against climatic change. They won’t have to deal with these energies’ problems and could get busy with larger, more important issues such as famine, plagues or wars.

Reference

Agence France-Presse (2015, Spetember 22). Une transition vers l’énergie renouvelable créerait des millions d’emplois. Le Devoir.

http://www.ledevoir.com/environnement/actualites-sur-l-environnement/450597/une-transition-l-energie-renouvelable-creerait-des-millions-d-emplois

Comments

Your article really grabbed my attention mostly because it is a nice change to all the negative and seemingly hopeless environmental issues we study today as students.
I found the points you raised interesting, and rather hopeful. With increases in jobs and decreases in energy uses, it seems we are slowly but surely moving onto the right path to fight climate change. Especially since you always hear about how we cannot remove non-renewable energy with out the threat of economic disaster. This is now changing with the growing renewable energy sector, that could in fact create millions of jobs.
Furthering my interest on this topic i did some research and found an article by the International Business Times title "Starbucks, Nike and other top firms shift to renewable energy" (September, 24th, 2015). Speaking of how a non profit organization called "The Climate Group" is working on "an ambitious global scheme to engage influential companies in using 100 percent renewable power in their operations" (IBT, September, 2015). With already having big corporations like Starbucks, Nike, Mars, Ikea, H&M, and Walmart vowing to make the long term switch to production by completely renewable energy. Hopefully with so many big brands on board they are showing that "Lowering risk, protecting against price rises, saving millions and boosting brand is what shaping a low carbon economy is all about" (CEO, The Climate Group) and soon more will follow! The article also touches on the upcoming Paris UN Climate conference, as there is much hope invested in it to bringing changes to global actions against climate change but also much controversy as to whether or not anything will actually change.
With Initiatives like The Climate Group taking wind and brands jumping on the green bandwagon, there is hope to advert worse changes to our fragile environments globally.

http://www.ibtimes.com.au/starbucks-nike-other-top-firms-shift-renewable...

I think a change in energy resource will be good economically as you said but it is also good for the environment. Hydro energy needs a lot of water and dams and it is also expensive. creating damns and reservoirs might also create problem for some animals, they might have to migrate from one place to another and their new home may not have suitable conditions for animals to live in. I think switching from hydro to wind energy would be a good choice because Canada is a vast country and has a lot of space to wind mills.

Great article! I am really interested by the possibility of switching completely to renewable energy, however I am a little skeptical on the amount of jobs that would be created. Although the demand for renewable energy sources will be 10 times greater in the year 2030, this would also result in a loss of jobs in the oil industry. This would effectively negate the new job creation from renewable energy sources, with job losses in the oil sector. Given the current amount of people being employed in the oil industry, this would be detrimental for many economies. Even a switch from an oil based economy to an equally profitable renewable energy based economy would still effectively disrupt the status quo of the fragile economy.

I initially chose to read your article due to its subject point, renewable energy sources are an aspect of geography which is of interest to me. I liked the way in which you summarised the article and presented across the facts to substantiate the move towards wind and solar energy. The volume of jobs which will be created is brilliant; however, loss of jobs will occur throughout other sectors, do you think one outweighs the other enough to maintain stability?

Oil is a finite resource and inevitably it will runout in the near future. Renewable energy sources are perpetual, and should be managed in such a way which ensures balance between the rates of extraction with regeneration. Should this be achieved, I believe they are a great route for sustainability into the future. For this reason, I completely agree with your point that society should shift to the use of renewable energies. Do you think society is ready at present to make this shift? Your use of reference to the further benefits renewables will have on climate change helps to complement the concept addressed.

However, I felt perhaps you should have drawn attention to other sustainable energy sources which are currently available to society, out with solar and wind energy. This would have helped substantiate your article, and the points in which you were aiming to convey. Overall, your summary and reaction to the article, providing an interesting read, which I enjoyed.

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