What are the environmental consequences of the increasing demand for energy?
What steps would you suggest to reduce energy consumption?
The environmental consequences of increasing demand for energy are
- Increasing demand for energy is leading to rapid consumption of fossil fuels, which are exhaustible sources of energy.
- Burning of fossil fuel at a rapid rate leads to the release of harmful gases in the atmosphere, which can lead to global warming and acid rains.
- Cutting of trees in forests to provide wood for household purposes is leading to loss of habitat and soil erosion.
- Construction of dams to produce hydroelectricity leads to destruction of habitat of aquatic life and other people living near the area.
The steps that would reduce the energy consumption are
- Switch off the electrical appliances when not in use.
- Energy efficient electrical appliances should be used in place of appliances which consume more energy.
- Solar cookers should be used for cooking as much as possible.
- Bicycles and public transport should be used as much as possible to minimize the use of diesel and petrol.