We all know that humans have ill-treated our planet. Well, perhaps that is an understatement. We have destroyed the habitats of so many of our animal brethren and decimated vast tracts of forests, effectively bringing destruction to life as our forefathers knew it.
One might argue that this indiscriminate usage of natural resources is what has brought us to the technological advancements that can not only help us humans, but, now that we are aware and apologetic for our actions, conserve what is left of wildlife and other natural non-renewable resources. But are we really doing all that we can?
One of the major catastrophes we have brought on this planet is air pollution. And one of the major causes of air pollution in India is burning of fossil fuels. One might think that the largest consumer of fossil fuels would be the transportation sector. After all, didn't the odd-even ruling for cars and the limiting of entry for commercial trucks into Delhi-NCR to certain hours of the day help with the smog situation and air quality this winter?
It may come as a shock to you when I tell you that the largest amount of fossil fuels is consumed by our nation to generate electricity, and this is when only 80-85% of our countrymen and women have access to electricity (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_in_India). Our dependence on fossil fuels is not going to go away anytime soon either! Only half of India's energy needs are projected to be met by electricity from renewable resources (https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/renewable-energy-will-reach-49-percent-in-india-by-2040-report/1078399). This is despite our great nation being the 7th larger producer of hydroelectricity and solar power, and ranking 2nd globally in terms of investments for renewable sources of energy !
Combined with how inefficient burning of coal (the major fuel for thermal power plants) is, we should be very careful regarding wastage of energy. It doesn't just affect your finances, but also the well-being of the future generations, our nation, and the world!