In a world where resources are limited, we need to look for alternative methods of obtaining energy. Many methods have been proposed and experimented with, but none have proven effective enough to replace the current method of generating energy in our electricity grid. The use of coal and oil to generate electricity is the only method available for powering a population of today and it’s only going to get worse.
With the rise of alternative methods of generating electricity such as wind turbines and solar power generators, we’re opening the doors to alternative ways to obtain energy that will be able to power a much larger population. However, wind turbines and solar power generators are expensive as all hell. Even when you factor in the cost of the land and resources to build them, they’re still costs a lot more than coal and oil-powered generators. And this is what will kill them-cost.
This is why we’ll need to find more inexpensive methods of obtaining energy. There are many ways we can try to reduce the costs of obtaining energy-in fact, a lot of ways. One way is to use recycled material to construct a generator.
You see, a generator built using old materials, that is already proven to work, can save a lot of money than a new generator constructed from steel and concrete. Why? It’s already proven to work and it hasn’t been through the rigors of a harsh test audience. So it’s already proven, it’s cheap and it will continue to save us money.
To illustrate, let’s say you need a generator for your home. You’ve been told it’s more efficient than a new generator. You check out the claims and they seem to check out. You want a new generator, but you need it for your family’s electric bill. Besides, you’ve been saving your money and aren’t you looking kind of peaceful right now? So you decide to go with a recycled generator. You know it’s already been through the rigors of a harsh audience and it hasn’t died yet. You aren’t going to have to prove it to the IRS or to your neighbors. You know it will continue to pay for your family.
Now that we’ve convinced ourselves of the merits of alternative methods of obtaining energy, the next step is finding ways to help the public, the businesses and the government to adopt this alternative energy in order to save money in the long run. To do this we’ll need to get the word out and this is where we’ll need to hold our “protest”. As you can see, there are several ways we can try to reduce the costs of obtaining energy.
Some of these methods, such as the use of recycled materials, will only have a marginal benefit to the average household, but the impact to the global environment is well worth it.
By holding a “protest” you’ll be helping the individuals and businesses that are currently using alternative energy to help spread the word and to help convince the public that this is the best method for obtaining energy.
There are also business which will only benefit from this alternative energy which will work well for their company. They’ll gain customers and profits, the community and the government will gain tax revenue and the environment will benefit, especially if this alternative energy is provided by a private company.
The “protest” is an excellent tool to help reduce the costs of obtaining energy, but remember it’s a tool. It isn’t a must. Using it wisely is essential. It should be used in conjunction with other methods such as research, educating and lobbying, and information sharing.
Helpful Tips for a successful protest
1. Think of every protest as a test to determine what will work. Don’t try to protest the costs. If it costs $1000 to install solar panels, and you could receive electricity for free for another $500/year from solar panels, don’t protest the initial cost. Instead think of $1000 as a resource to find out if you want to spend the $500 on solar panels or other forms of alternative energy. In this example you may not want to spend the $1000 if there other options at $500 are more appealing.
2. Identify the costs of the protest (such as paying for supplies) and how the money will be spent.
3. If you’re protesting an existing practice, think about whether or not the practice can be done better by someone else.
4. Consider how much you have to spare from your own lifestyle.
5. Think of what benefits you will receive from your protest. For example, a solar protest, while it may reduce the use of fossil fuels, it may provide you with fresh air, which is a benefit which you will not receive if you do not participate in the protest.
Here are some tips for lobbying Federal legislators to enact better environmental policies:
1. Find out where your representative lives. Plan your protest to coincide with their work hours. If possible, try to pick an in-person meeting to educate them.
2. Think about what benefits you will receive from your lobbying. One good way to ensure your lobbying will be heard is to use a paper template to make copies of your letter and have a family member sign them as your representative.
3. Take a look at your representative’s Facebook page. Did they post anything recently that relates to the environment? If so, add your own comments to the post.
4. Consider what benefits you will receive from your lobbying. One good way to ensure your lobbying will be heard is to use a paper template to make copies of your letter and have a family member sign them as your representative.
Here is a sample letter that you can use as a template for your own environmental bill of rights:
“To the Honorable [Name of Congressional Representative]:
As a concerned citizen, you represent the people of your district. You are a member of the U.S. Congress who understands the needs of your constituents. It is imperative that you implement environmental policies that will benefit the environment and the people who reside in your district. Our health and safety depend on it.
As a constituent, I expect you to take immediate action to enact environmental policies that will benefit the environment and the people who reside in your district. My family and I live on a contaminated land and I expect more from you. I am certain you do not intend to harm the environment, but your support for clean air and water is necessary to ensure my family and I have a future. Your support is needed to avert catastrophic events such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, snow storms, blizzards, etc.
As a concerned citizen, please do your job and enact environmental policies that will benefit the environment and the people who reside in your district. Our health and safety depend on it. My family and I have lived here for over 35 years and expect to live here for many more decades to come. I expect you to protect our environment from pollutions that are harmful to our health and safety. We are a family of many generations and the future of our land is at stake. As a resident of [District Name], you have the power to enact clean air and water policies that will benefit the environment and the people who reside in your district. Please do your job and protect the health and safety of my family and me and the future of our land.