Monday, March 24, 2014

The Cursed Black Stone

"Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain,something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy's first law of equivalent exchange. In those days we really believed that to be the world's one and only truth."- said Edward Elric, the protagonist of the Full Metal Alchemist series, which focuses on the search for the legendary Philosophers stone. A stone of legends, that when obtained defies the principal of equivalence. To gain without sacrifice, to create without equal exchange. What legend doesn’t tell us, is the existence of another stone, so cursed and evil, that whenever used amplifies the equivalence that we end up paying more than what we get. A back stone that takes more than what it gives, a stone that has already put billions of lives at stake and continues to do so unless we change. That stone exists amongst us. That stone is Coal

Throughout history, coal has been used as an energy resource, primarily burned for the production of electricity and/or heat, and is also used for industrial purposes. Coal-fired electric power generation emits around 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide for every megawatt-hour generated. There are severe health effects caused by burning coal. According to the reports issued by the World Health Organization in 2008 and by environmental groups in 2004, coal particulates pollution are estimated to shorten approximately 1,000,000 lives annually worldwide. Coal mining generates significant additional independent adverse environmental health impacts, among them the polluted water.

How long will we be dependent for our energy needs on the cursed black stone? how long will we endanger our lives and the future of this planet? 80 % of the energy we consume comes from fossil fuels. Every week 2 new coal power plants are built in China alone. The average temperature of the last 15 years have been the highest ever recorded.  The ice cap is 40% thinner than 40 years ago.  There may be at least 200 million climate refugees by 2050

''When the last tree has been cut, when the last river has been poisoned, when the last fish has been caught. Only then we shall realize that we cant eat money''

 Its too late to be a pessimist, its time to move forward to renewable energy, a clean sustainable source of energy. The real philosophers stone is the Sun. Everything on earth is linked, and the earth is linked to the Sun, its original energy source. Can humans not imitate plants and capture its energy?
In one hour the sun gives the earth the same amount of energy as that consumed by all humanity in one year. As long as the earth exits the Sun's energy will be inexhaustible. All we have to do is stop drilling the earth and look towards the sky, learn to cultivate the Sun.
Its too late to be a pessimist..

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