The issue of protecting world’s energy resources for future generations is a very pertinent one in today’s modernized world. International leadership and worldwide cooperation play a very important role in conserving energy.
The world is seeing a fast progress in terms of technology. The distances are shrinking, and the concept of global village is emerging. In this race, humankind is fast depleting the reserve of natural resources. Energy resources that are consumed most are water, air, trees/ forest, and oil. 70% of the earth is in the form of water. In some regions water table that is the minimum level of water maintained underground, is falling in its levels. This might lead to earthquakes in the region. Nobody denies that pollution is as much a culprit in dirtying waters. Similarly, the air that we breathe is as much an energy resource as water, since it is the base for our survival. The poisonous gaseous fumes and raucous grunts and groans of vehicles leave no room for the oxygen in the air to be pure.
According to a survey, deforestation (cutting off trees) is the main culprit of depletion of energy resources. Trees in forests produce oxygen needed by all living beings.
The world is witnessing constant scarcity of energy resources like water, pure air to breathe, oil resources; and this scarcity is leading to formation of cartels e.g. oil cartel by the Gulf countries. high prices. Organizations like World Wide Fund (WWF) and individuals like Alan Greenspan are already working towards conserving energy resources but the cooperation of all the countries and an international leadership is essential to preserve energy for tomorrow’s citizens.
The future generations thus face a dearth of energy resources.
The ozone layer that protects the earth from sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays is being depleted due to the chlorofluorocarbons. Even animals’ lives are threatened in due course. The chain of survival is balanced with the presence of animals and human beings together in the living environment. The environment itself is facing a threat.
Our future generations are thus facing a life-threat. Initiatives by individual nations without the cooperation from other countries cannot solve this problem. And it is the ‘world’s’ problem and not a single nation’s. Individual nations cannot make international laws. An international governing body can help create ground for all countries to come onto a common platform and decide the future course of action.
Preserve today to conserve for tomorrow. The above analysis thus brings out the importance of international leadership and worldwide cooperation needed to preserve energy for the future generations.