Saturday, 21 April 2018 | 16:30 WIB

The Philippines Set to Develop Alternative Energy to Save Earth

Illustration: Electricity.

PHILIPPINES, NNC - According to worlddata website in 2014, the energy resources consumption in Philippines is 74.15 million kWh per year. This number will definitely increase each year as needs grow for this country. This number will be shown in detailed percentage; the largest energy consumption is 67.5 percent on fossil fuel. Instead of still struggling to find the alternative way, the Philippines also utilizes water power source of 16.9 percent and only 15.6 percent of the renewable energy sources consumption. Thus, through this data indicates that the Philippines is one of the countries that can be categorized as a country that addicted to coal which is resulting in a decline of environment quality and certainly impact on the economic growth. 

Recently, energy conversion and efficiency have become one of the activity agendas. Not only the government but private companies are also vying to prove that they really care about the environment. This environmental awareness and care activity is one of the most serious activities to do as it deals with determining the better future world. This energy saving effort can be done through energy use efficiently, reducing energy-consuming activities or by minimizing energy consumption. Saving energy and creating a renewable energy sources are the only key to save our beloved Earth.

Most air pollution as well as global warming comes from energy use and production. The impact will be very bad for the survival of all living beings in this world surely. They do not only affect the environment, but also have an impact on economic sector of a country. One case that has occurred in 2017 in the Philippines is water pollution caused by people or irresponsible mining agencies. The Philippines government does not remain silent and take action seriously. Twenty three mines have been closed by the minister of the environment, Gina Lopez. This is a clear and convincing evidence that shows Philippines government is firmly against institutions that have damaged and polluted the environment, quoted from kompas website.

Fossil fuel energy sources consumption in human society is very large and of course it is worrying and damaging the planet earth. The government and all institutions have sought to create alternative energy sources or renewable energy sources to stabilize the earth conditions. For more than 30 years, the Philippines has sought to create alternative energy sources and utilize geothermal optimum without damaging the environment. This is one of the ways in which to replace the fossil fuel energy sources consumption which can have an adverse impact on the environment. This provides enormous benefits not only to people living in the vicinity of geothermal areas, but also to people living in urban areas. Until now, geothermal power plants in Mount Apo have been able to distribute electrical energy to almost all residents of Mindanao Island. The Philippines' success in exploiting the heat of the earth cannot be separated from the partnership that exists between the Philippine Government, the business sector, the community organization and of course the community itself.

Maintaining the earth ecosystem and preserving it in various ways are not the tasks of government or related institutions but they are a responsibility of individual in the world. It is not necessary with great things, but starting with small and responsible things will also has an extraordinary impact if every individual is concerned about the environment by listing Dos and Don'ts such as no littering in public areas, applying the 4 R's in daily life, using environmentally friendly products , and much more. Let's love this planet earth and keep it for our children and their future generations.