Energy Conservation and Its Effects on The Environment by Samuel Singh

This is a look at some of the harmful aspects of conservation that many of us may not know about.

Energy. This is something that surrounds us and has an effect on each part of our lives. Energy exists in two forms; renewable- those that can be renewed and nonrenewable-those that cannot be renewed.

Today I will use two major forms of renewable energy to show the effects that it has on the environment and to prove to you that it is not always good, and they are;

  1. Wind Energy and
  2. Hydroelectric energy

Wind Energy is probably one of the best forms ways we have not because it is renewable but because of the amount of energy it can produce and the minimal amount of harm of it does to anything. Energy is gained from the wind as it passes over the blades over wind turbines and spins them. The spinning blades turn the turbines, which generate electricity. Simple as that you would say, and, I agree.

It is quite different from nuclear powered plants and industries that use non-renewable resources such as oil and coals which send out dark billowing clouds of pollution that poisons the air we breathe, destroys the ozone layer and later fall back on the ground as acid rain. NO!! Wind energy is not like that, it is helpful rather than harmful.

Next, let’s have a look at HYDROELECTRICAL POWER that gets its energy from moving water thus, the building of dams in many areas.

The water rushes downward through what is called a penstock, past the turbines that spin at a rapid rate. Behind this is a magnet turned by an electric coil that produces electricity. Fine and dandy, no problem right?? WRONG!!

Unlike Wind power, hydroelectric power also has a huge negative effect on the environment even though it is from a renewable source.

The building of a dam floods the land upstream, which is a major point of concern because of the vegetation that ends up underwater. It will rot and when it does it will produce methane, which is a known greenhouse gas. The flooding also displaces people who live nearby and thus spurs economic imbalance. An excellent example of all of this is the AFSWAN HIGH DAM in Egypt, which was supposedly built to help people and instead created more harm. Even today people are dying from malaria from stagnant water present just because the dam is blocking the way. Now you tell me, is this helpful or harmful to the environment?

In conclusion, although energy conservation is a point of concern, one must not be too ready to jump at every possible form that uses the title nonrenewable energy. As you have just seen, chances are you may be doing danger to the very environment you wished to protect.

Thank you!

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