Saturday, 15 January 2011

I hope this shocks you!

I've recently been doing some research for an exam I'm taking next week, I've been looking into energy sources.  You can imagine where this is going, but I read an article that actually scared me a little.

We are the most advanced being we know, we've managed to get man on the moon, we've invented some pretty amazing technologies, we've built ourselves up to where we are today.  Yet when it comes to our future survival we seem to be naive and believe that if it's not going to happen in our lifetime why should we worry about it.

Did you know most equipment, electronics, clothes, plastics, vehicles, in fact anything that is manufactured uses oil, if not in the final product, definitely in the process to make it.

Farming equipment, pesticides and fertilisers all use oil to make them, so when the oil runs out what will happen to food production?
And with the increase in population and demand for food....

Even renewable energy sources use oil to build them, the wind turbines for example, so without oil how are we going to be able to sustain ourselves or make any energy?

One thing I have never got my head around is you see these plastic toys on the TV, aimed at parents to buy for their kids.  The amount of resources that go into making just one of them, it's astounding.  Then once the child grows out of the toy it's thrown away, into landfill most probably.

The governments need to stand up and take charge and it baffles me why they don't, surely they can see we are running out of resources and need to put funding into renewable energies?

I've always felt strongly about wanting to help the world in someway, not to add to the chaos, and now I believe I've found something I want to apply to my textile designing.  We may not be experts in technology and be able to invent new sources of energy (although some of you may be!) but we can do our part to help.  In our role as designers we have the opportunity to make our designing impact the world in a good way instead of add to the depletion of resources.

People need to think a little more about how their actions will change the future, maybe not for them, but for their children or grandchildren (the way oil is depleting it could be in our lifetime though).  If this got through to even one person then I'm pleased, we need a jolt to get us to realise and change things before it's too late.

Sorry if this feels like a lecture, I just had to get it off my chest, please read the article in the link at the top of this post and let me know what you think.

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