The city of Chicago has grown into a metropolis city over the last few decades (esp. after recovering from the Great Fire). One of the many environmental factors that impact our city and contributes to public health issues is air pollution due to fossil fuels.
For those who do not know, fossil fuels include oil, natural gas, coal, and crude oil.
The problem is that majority of the population knows that air pollution won’t care or do anything until there are noticeable effects show up in our daily lives. For example, Chicago vs. China.
To solve this matter, there is a list of things we can do:
- Replace technology that uses any type of gas with things that run on electricity.
- There are other resources like wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal.
- Power grids are the way to go.
- Conserve energy.
- Choose environmental friendly sources/items/products.
- Use alternative ways to traveling instead of driving.
Ideally, the best course of action is to switch to solar power or something along those lines but that’s impossible. Theoretically, if this was to happen (somehow or someway) it would still at least take more than 100 years to convert everything to solar power especially with the current state of technology.
If this plan was to somehow magically work out within the next (about 50 years or less) then it could help our environment by so much. There would be cleaner and more efficient air, allowing us to free our hands and work on other major problems that will harm our environment/planet.
The government should use its role and power to advocate for a greener environment, promote incentives that will get people to save energy, or just take action. Instead of wasting our resources and time away on wars that should’ve never happened or should’ve ended years ago, the government should prioritize going for a greener environment (which will benefit us better in a long run).