• Emily Costello

Green Power

Renewable energy sources are the future.

If there's one thing I remember from studying a Human Science module at university, was that, as a species, humans thrive by learning from each other.

It's called Cumulative Cultural Evolution.

Essentially, all this is, is taking ideas that work from previous generations and making them better, constantly adapting and evolving. Ideas or things that don't work are simply then forgotten about. For

example, the telephone. Think about how that has changed over time and how the old school mobiles the size of a brick have been replaced by the iPhone X (or whatever the latest model is)

This is one of the reasons we have managed to occupy every single niche on this planet and survive. We adapt and overcome problems, constantly improving design.

Which brings me to my piece of 'Good News' for this post!

The ways in which we have been generating power are getting greener and cleaner every year. In fact, in 2019, we produced more electricity using renewable sources than fossil fuels for the first time since before the industrial revolution!

Then in 2020, we saw the UK go 3 weeks without using any coal at all to generate electricity. Now, this may not sound like much, however this is the longest period since 1882!

Things are on the up. It's hard to see, due to the sheer amount of doom and gloom on the news. These little victories need to be celebrated. Like I said at the beginning of this post - humans have this incredible ability to take things that work and make them better. Renewable energy works, and I have a feeling over time will only become more efficient.