There is something to change. There is how to fix it.
This page shows positive processes happening in the world on environmental issues.
Transition to green energy
The term is used to describe all sources of energy that don’t pollute or harm the environment for example: solar panels, wind turbine, biomass, hydroelectric plants and others. These are different from the popular fossil fuels (like coal, gas and oil) which severely pollute the environment.
The popular sources pollute in many ways. Perhaps the most severe is the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, gas that increases the greenhouse effect leading to climate change.
The field of green energy started to develop since the industrial revolution in the 19th century when a group of pioneer scientists understood that energy sources from fossil fuels are finite and there is a need for alternatives.
As of today the field of green energy is being developed throughout the world, here are some examples:
Sweden has a goal to use only green energy by 2040
Costa Rica and Nicaragua are in the process to reach a 95% clean energy
Scotland is currently building the largest wind turbines farm in the world
Uruguay gets most of its energy from green energy
In comparison to this success stories Israel is not in a good place, with only a goal to reach 17% of its energy from green energy by 2030.
Towards sustainable cities
Cities are major centers of resource consumption, waste generation and pollutants; thus, they affect the environmental and global systems. To monitor and to deal with the negative impacts, it is necessary to continually calculate the ecological footprint and invest effort to minimize it as much as possible.
A sustainable city is a city designed in a way that combines the various characteristics of the city's activities (for example: water infrastructure, transport, communication and waste) in a smart way, enabling citizens living there to improve their quality of life, save resources and reduce pollution. This can be achieved by using efficient technology.
A sustainable city is characterized by long-term thinking. Meaning, the development of the city should take into account the current generation while preserving resources for the future ones. Smart cities create interplay between resources and technologies, and strive for economic growth alongside the improvement of the quality of life of its residents. This is done through sustainability actions, such as reducing and managing waste, encouraging and developing green transport, pollution prevention and emissions, expanding agricultural services and more. In recent years, the EU has devoted multiple efforts to achieve a "sustainable" urban growth in metropolitan towns.
In the case of Israel, many cities are climbing the stairs toward sustainability. Tel Aviv, for example, gives a green tag to businesses that are environmentally friendly, promotes and operates joint transportation and has initiated a plan to transform 25% of the city's public transportation into bicycles by 2025.
Such protests have occurred through history all over the world in the last century. Before the digitas era such protests were local, but today they have a wide reach, protests have been led by philosophers, political leaders, spiritual leaders, but most commonly by social groups.
As of today there is a deeper understanding of the inter connection of environments beyond borders, for example: the tropical rainforests and the coastal areas.
In the present times, environmental protest occurred in a global way to send the message that we are in an environmental emergency, this protest wants everyone including nations to join forces in order to restore nature. Since 1972 the UN and its members have worked together to find solutions. In the last decade we came to the realization that both society and economy are dependent in the environment, this understanding lead to the paris agreement (2015) where the un announced the 17 sustainable development goals to be met by 2030.
It refers to products or services that improve efficiency while lowering costs, resource use, waste production or pollution released. From the 90’s the clean tech field has gained momentum in industry, consumers and policy makers. More specifically there was a significant advancement in renewable energy alternatives to oil, which has been growing more expensive and contributes largely to climate change.
Israel is one of the leading countries in the field. In 2014 it was recognized as the best country by the clean tech mesure. As of today there are hundreds of young companies that are involved in the field for example:
Onateva: Investment fund specialized in clean tech innovation. The incubator funds start ups in their early stages. Their team includes experts that focus only on one thing- clean energy. The company goal is to create business opportunities for clean companies starting from the bottom all the way to the top.
Solview: it develops software to reduce costs in instalment of solar panels helping to increase the use of solar panels throughout the world, their system finds potential roof tops to place solar panels through complex algorithms for picture analysis. This allows potential users and technicians to understand immediately whether or not they can benefit from solar energy as well as give them information that will fit them. This service saves time and money both for the consumer and the producer. Solview is part of the project to turn Eilat into a smart city which goal is to make the city more sustainable