As we learn more and more about our planet and our ocean, we have learned that being dependent on fossil fuels (oil, gas, etc.) is not the way of the future. This lifestyle has led us to numerous disastrous oil spills, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, and frankly just a waste of non-renewable resources when we have plenty of renewable ones at our fingertips.
When researching clean energy and natural gas, we find that vehicles in the transportation industry account for 50% of the U.S. gasoline and diesel fuel industry. This is a substantial amount of fossil fuels, creating greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. Natural gas is not perfect either, of course, but switching completely over to natural gases reduces carbon dioxide emissions by up to 70%.
Now, you're probably wondering: "what is natural gas?"
Natural gas is formed by the decay of organic matter mixed with the heat from the Earth's core often found within the ocean floor or beneath the Earth's surface in general.
Some benefits of the change to natural gas include: lower fuel costs, reduces our carbon footprint, more jobs based on tourism with a healthy environment, and... a beautiful ocean.
Other great alternatives include using wind, solar, and geothermal power (using heat from the Earth). Hydroelectric power is the most commonly used form of renewable energy, in which we use dams to manipulate water for electricity. A really cool form of renewable energy is Hydrokinetic energy (first started in France!) where the power of waves and tides are converted into energy.
Point being, there are plenty of renewable options for energy that have less drastic consequences than the fossil fuels we depend on. It can reduce pollution, create jobs, combat climate change, and produce a living environment with cleaner air and water supplies.
In order to convert to this system, we will need to work together to get our voices heard. This is the time to tell your friends, contact your representatives, and sign petitions. The sooner we use more clean energy and less fossil fuels, the sooner our oceans can rise back up to their potential.