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Solar Energy & You: Setting the Example for Sustainability

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The world is ravished chiefly by anthropogenic pollutants and activities. This means that human activities are the prime complications to the fragility of the world’s well-being. We as a species ultimately prioritize our existences by contributing to extinctions from the destruction of local ecosystems for resources and land expansion. For energy, we consume fossil-fuels that is a precious resource that cannot be recovered once it is exhausted. Upon depletion, fossil-fuels will take another millions (or even hundreds of millions) of years to develop. Going solar helps mitigate a chunk of these harmful forms of pollution, and you provide the means in setting the example for others.

The following are anthropogenic complications that you remove yourself from participation by investing in a solar system for your home or business.

The Hero/Heroine in The Tragedy of the Commons

The way we visualize and understand the science in environmentalism, it’s highly social opposed to concentrations such as biology, chemistry, and physics. The tragedy of the commons is a term that highlights both social and economic problems that arise in the supply of shared resources. It entails individuals acting and serving their own interests for resources in a collective manner that results in a tragic depletion from the exponential actions. Understanding the tragedy of the commons becomes a fundamental concept that lays out the blueprint for purveyors of renewable energy. By switching to renewable energy such as solar systems, you will no longer be a character in the tragedy of the commons.

If we eventually convert to renewable resources of energy such as solar power, the tragedy of the commons will eventually minimalize.

Nuclear Pollution

Nuclear Pollution
Nuclear power plants were once coined as “clean energy” since it did not emit any carbon dioxide opposed to fossil-fuels such as oils and coal. However, the byproducts of nuclear plants are by far the exceedingly hazardous for the nature of the waste. Compared to conventional anthropogenic pollutants, radioactive byproducts cannot be simplified into benign substances. Its radioactive substances are anything but innocuous, as radiation can lead to birth deformities, may cause cancer, and other health risks. The rate at which the decay of many radioactive substances is measured by half-life and the duration ranges anywhere between microseconds to possibly—in the most extreme cases—billions of years.

This is why these materials are isolated as far as possible until they reach a point in their half-life where their radiation levels die down to a safer, exposable level to humans.

Water Pollution

Water Pollution
Solar power reduces water pollution in numerous ways. For starters, water is essential as a cooling mechanism to counteract the excessive heat generated from nuclear power plants, oil and natural gas.

These non-renewable forms of energy use a monumental amount of water. The used water becomes contaminated with hazardous byproducts that are disposed into bodies such as lakes, rivers, oceans, and aquifers that we in turn are exposed to. These pollutants are linked to cancer and neurological damage(s). With cleaner water, marine ecosystems can be healthily maintained and not adversely affected by these toxins.

Since solar energy does not require any water for functionality nor maintenance, it reduces

Air Pollution

Air Pollution
United States is the unabashed champion of greenhouse emissions, contributing to the world a whopping 30%. These emissions are mostly methane and carbon dioxide, among other greenhouse gases that are injurious to air quality and contribute to extreme weather conditions largely tied to anthropogenic climate change. As air pollution declines, this creates more visibility and exposure of sun to your prospective solar panels so that it can function at its maximum efficiency. Remember, solar panels can still work on cloudy days! You always want it to work in the best environment for your benefit.

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