Toral: Going green

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014


IN THE past month, I shared a lot of worries on the power sector stability as I took more interest on renewable energy such as solar power. I found out as well that bioethanol waste, such as those coming from sugar cane, can be used to generate power such as the ones being operated by Green Future Innovations Inc., Leyte Agri Corp., and San Carlos BioEnergy. There is a lot of talk about going “green.” I think all of us can contribute in making this happen by reviewing our lifestyle and considering what can we change about it. These include:

Investing in alternative source of energy. The most popular option at the moment is having a solar power setup at home. I think it will be interesting to explore living in cities and towns that use renewable energy. It will be also useful to have service providers who can facilitate installation of these energy sources at home.

Finding alternative energy power devices. For instance, imagine a laptop addon that can make it solar-powered. That way, you don’t have to rush to a power source to recharge. Or if bio-ethanol can be purchased in “stove gas tank”- like where you can plug in an appliance. A source of energy that can be used on the go.

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Working from home. With the kind of lifestyle I have, most of my days are spent working from home. I only go out when it is necessary. However, this kind of arrangement has its own set of requirements and limitations. But I believe it is worth striving for as there are many changes happening in our climate and cost of living, among other considerations. The more we can conserve resources, the better.

For areas that have allowed the use of idle land to generate green energy, the local government and power generators also have great responsibility. These include:

Creation of jobs. Although these entities can hire locals, it is possible there won’t be stable and ample work all the time. Communities have to be given Internet connectivity. They must learn to trade their skills and products online.

Food stability. As our need for power increases, more agricultural lands will likely be tapped for power generation. We should learn how to do this in our own backyards.

In our village, there is a guy who can be hired to cut down grass and work on other gardening needs. I noticed that there is one area where he also plants vegetables.

I am thinking that some of the agricultural farmers can perhaps offer backyard farming maintenance. One that you can hire online as a village and will help you start a small vegetable or fruits garden. They can then remind the owner and check on the plants on a monthly basis. Most of us who are not into gardening will likely find our patch a disaster if we don’t have time to maintain it. Of course, this can only happen on villages whose leadership embraces such ideas.

Occupational safety and sense of responsibility. It is important for employees in the power sector to have a high sense of safety and responsibility in what they do. A neglected task can result in delays. Not doing what is stated on protocol (such as proper disposal of waste) can cause widespread sickness and damage to the environment.

An active dialogue with the communities at large can help foster partnerships.

Are you ready for a green future? Are you willing to innovate and change the way of doing things to make this work?

(www.digitalfilipino.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 06, 2014.

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