Ways of Preventing Further Damage to the Environment

The environment has become one of the most important issues of this century. It has dominated the headlines for the last decade across the globe. But has the world done enough to protect the environment – the answer sadly is an inexcusable no. As the countries continue to develop, the amount of green house gases they release has increased by 30% since 2000 (according to a study published by United Nations in 2008). The failure of last years Copenhagen Summit is proof of the  irresponsibility and lack of attention given to the problem by the World’s Top 20 economic powers.

Cleaner Energy – The Way Forward

A cleaner energy policy that limits the emission of Carbon Di-Oxide into the environment is critical. The existing policies are not good enough to counter the daily damage being done across the world. According to the former US Vice President Al Gore who has championed the cause of environmental issues all his life there are three critical steps for preventing long term damage to the environment

1.    Responsibility and Accountability enforced on big oil companies such as Exxon, BP and China Oil to limit their off shore drilling and remain within a permissible threshold of CO2 emission.

2.    Automakers to manufacture hybrid vehicles running on alternative energy sources.

3.    Cleaner energy for household and industry. Ensuring each country sign a binding agreement to bring down the yearly CO2 emission.

The use of alternative energy such as solar and wind energy for communities is also a very important aspect of ensuring the use of energy for our daily needs without having an adverse impact on the environment. In 2010 it was revealed that bio technology can also be used as a new form of energy that has no impact on the environment.

The experts agree that it is the overwhelming dependance and demand of energy such as fuel which is the primary reason for the damages on the environment. The United States is the highest consumer of petrol in the world and the ongoing environment catastrophe – the Gulf Oil spill is a stark reminder of how government oversight and a stringent regulation is needed to counter issues like this.