SELF IMPROVEMENT

Can Sustainable energy be achieved by 2030?

Through out my growing life, I have been very concerned about what happens in the near future in relation to the environment. No doubt it has reflected in my activism being an A Rocha International member and rose to the University of Cape Coast president, Greenpeace member to mention but a few. I found this interesting piece online and I decided to blog it  so the conversation can still go on. The future is what we have, so I am sure if we take all the necessary steps to keep it safe, we will have a better place to live in. Continue reading.

 

The World Economic Forum’s Energy for Society initiative places secure and affordable energy access as the first of its five principles of which leading energy companies commit to deliver in order to meet the needs of a growing world population. Can we, however, go one step further and achieve universal access to energy by 2030 as is the target of many countries and the United Nations.

 

Renewable energy can play a transformative role in making this objective a reality. With the right policies, investment and public-private partnership models, we can achieve sustainable energy for all, and perhaps even before 2030.

 

By using our renewable resources, energy can be generated in a carbon-responsible, cost-effective manner that also creates jobs and mitigates climate change, providing a workable and affordable solution that will keep our planet healthy.

 

The potential of renewable energy is immense. For example, every megawatt (MW) of wind energy installed creates up to 20 jobs; a single 1.5 MW turbine can reduce CO2 emissions by over 3,000 tons every year. And, technological advances have increased the efficiency and productivity of renewable energy. In the wind industry, for example, improvement in technology have made wind turbines 100 times more powerful compared to designs from the 1980s. This is essential to meet our growing energy needs – industrialized countries need more energy to strengthen their economies and developing countries to accelerate progress.

 

Technological advances have also reduced the cost of renewable energy. For instance, sophisticated materials, electronics, aerodynamics and instillation of larger MW machines have brought down the costs of generating a kilowatt-hour of energy from wind by over 50%. The World Bank report, “Inclusive Green Growth: The Pathway to Sustainable Development”, also demonstrates that the capital costs of wind, solar and hydropower are more than balanced by their low operational costs.

 

New innovative business models present an economic opportunity for incorporating renewable energy. For example, integrated desalination plants and electric cars (that can also be used to store excess energy) offer ways to reduce costs, increases efficiency and facilitate economic growth. The island community of Samso in Denmark is an example where community-owned renewable energy has helped drastically bring down carbon emissions. Wind turbines power 100% of their electricity needs, and 75% of heating needs are met through solar power and biomass. The community also makes a profit by selling excess energy to the mainland.

Renewable Energy Sustainability

 

Replacing traditional sources of energy completely with renewable energy is going to be a challenging task. However, by adding renewable energy to the grid and gradually increasing its contribution we can realistically expect a future that is powered completely by green energy.

 

If we act now, we can mitigate the threat to our planet, reduce our dependence on limited traditional sources of energy and provide every person with their fundamental right – access to energy.

 

This original piece was authored by, Tulsi Tanti the Chairman of Suzlon Energy and a founding signatory of the World Economic Forum’s Energy for Society Initiative.

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CONFIDENCE SAYS IT ALL

Even when you’re not talking, your brain is chattering away with inner dialogue. Often the conversation is harmless, more a running commentary than a voice of influence.

But when you run into a challenge, the tone shifts. That innocent self-talk, if uncontrolled, can talk you out of doing things that push you past your comfort zone.

To save you from yourself, listen to these thoughts.

Consciously put a stop to unreasonable worries and replace them with thoughts that embolden and uplift.

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YOUTH MENTORING INITIATIVES IN GHANA, A MUST- MY OPINION

Mentoring of the youth all over the world with strong initiatives backing them has gone a long way to benefit nations in the long term as research has proven. This and many other things inform me to add my voice in advocating the development of sustainable youth-oriented mentoring programmes that will unearth the potential of the youth in the country.

For this reason I believe would motivate young people to appreciate their God-given talents and potentials to grow up to become more useful to themselves, the society and the nation at large.

Our economy has over depended for many years on our gold, timber, manganese, diamonds and cocoa which has always been touted as our precious natural resources. But on the contrary, I believe that those are not our precious resources anymore that we should depend on but in our ability to unearth the talents of our children into indispensable resources for our progress, the better.

Mentoring as a means of transferring knowledge to the youth, is eminent because, hidden in the hearts and minds of our youth and also children are Aspirations, Dreams, and Hopes of our suburbs, regions and the nation as a whole and also desire as well as the will to see things get better by the day.

Because much of our attention has been devoted to the exploitation of the country’s natural resources which are not our most cherished or a precious resource for our development aspirations, the question asked is ‘How could the country nurture the youth into responsible adult citizens’.

Another question for consideration in curbing the problem is ‘How do we, as a nation, provide guidance and the support needed so that the youth do not only receive formal education provided by the educational system but help develop their self-belief and also their self-esteem so they become emotionally and spiritually mature? . I remember during my days at Nifa Secondary School, Adukrom, we had sections like the Guidance & Counseling Unit, where the development of all students were of top concern to the school whether you were top of your class or not. Periodic guidance and counseling sessions were organized to remind students of their purpose and what they could become if they realized who they were.

As a way of providing mentoring programmes for the youth, I believe, since education is now considered a right and not a privilege, quality education should be accessible to all with well spelt out mentoring modules as well as guidance and counseling sessions periodically.

Also I believe opinion leaders, chiefs, policy makers and the nation at large should support the initiation of youth mentoring programmes to empower them. Otherwise since the youth constitute the largest segment of the population, they are most affected by unemployment, whiles their potential had been often misdirected into wrong actions.

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12 Simple Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint


  1. Turn it off

    Turn off lights, televisions, videos, stereos and computers when not in use – they can use 10 to 40% of the power when on standby. Also, unplug chargers as soon as they have finished charging.

  2. Be exact

    Fill the kettle with only as much water as you need.

  3. Close it

    Don’t leave fridge doors open for longer than necessary.

  4. Check your tires

    Properly inflated tires can improve your car’s fuel efficiency.

  5. Use no plastic

    Use cloth bags when going shopping and avoid buying products which use too much plastic.

  6. Fan up

    Instead of using air conditioners in the summer, wear cool clothes, and use a fan.

  7. Drive less

    Do your weekly errands in a single trip or pay your bills online. Walk, bike, ride the bus or carpool.

  8. Optimize your speed

    You will consume up to 25% less fuel if you drive no more than 90 km/hr.

  9. Drive hybrid

    A hybrid or other fuel-efficient car emits less carbon dioxide.

  10. Replace them

    Replace your incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). CFLs cost 3 to 5 times as much but use less than a third of the power. Also, replace old fridge and other appliances with energy-efficient ones.

  11. Watch what you eat

    Choose food produced close to your home.

  12. Recycle

    Consume less, and re-use old products.

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