During the half term holidays I did a work placement in the CAFOD offices in Wrexham. It was a great opportunity to meet other people who were passionate about making a difference and gave me a better insight into the work of CAFOD. I was also fortunate enough to meet Juliet a banana producer from Ghana who was giving a fascinating talk during Fairtrade fortnight.
Later in the week, I had the chance to do some research on an issue that I was interested in so I chose climate change (focusing mainly on the energy aspect of it). Climate change is such a big issue as it is the poorest in the world, the ones who have contributed the least to greenhouse gas emissions who will be the most affected by climate change in the not so distant future and many are already feeling the effects. Sea level rises will cause millions to be put at risk from more extreme flooding and many will have to move as their homes disappear under the waves. Others will struggle to grow crops as seasonal weather patterns become less predictable.
Despite these threats, I am frequently frustrated by our government’s apparent unwillingness to invest more money and research into renewable energy. Instead they turn to fracking to access another non-renewable energy source that surprise, surprise is going to run out just like the others. They are just seeking an easy way out and essentially pushing the problem onto the next generation rather than facing the facts and realising that it is better to do something about this ever growing problem today not tomorrow. So I decided to do some research of my own on renewable energy specifically wave and tidal power as I live on Anglesey. Both tidal and wave power seem to be in mainly research stages at the moment however the Welsh Government has granted a marine licence for a 10MW Skerries Tidal Stream Array off the north west coast of Anglesey. I am looking forward to hearing more about projects like this in the future.
The way we source and use our energy is so important in order to help those in developing countries. Just turning off lights when we go out of a room or the television when it is not use can be our way to reduce our energy use. While it can feel, on the whole, like the problem is too big tackle we can all take small steps in the right direction.