リン先生 英文記事紹介 No.35
At its impressive Vancouver gathering, National Geographic asked a simple question: Is natural gas the bridge to a sustainable energy future? The meeting brought together an impressive group of industry specialists, community representatives, environmental activists, and Aboriginal leaders.
The frank discussions ranged from highly specialized, technical observations to emotional appeals for environmental protection. No consensus emerged, but the open conversation provided an excellent indication of the range of options about natural gas alternatives for the world’s pending energy crisis. The contemporary debate, including the discussion about the current and future role of natural gas, has lost several key elements. True conservationists care a great deal about such things and organize their personal and organizational affairs accordingly, but general interest seems to be declining. We have to do all things – converse, innovate, intervene and us alternative sources of energy, like natural gas –but there is no evidence that we will do so.
In this way, the discussion about the role of natural gas is representative of a global environmental debate about energy, environmental sustainability, and climate change that allows emotions and technical-based wrangling to prevent a fully reasoned and responsible resolution.
Earth is everybody's home. And just like your own house, it needs to cleaned and organized as much as possible to have a tidy place to stay. Unfortunately, we are not doing it to our own planet. Instead, we continue abusing the natural resources. We don't know how to replace what we have used.
Natural gas is one of Mother Earth's resources that we tend to waste. There are a lot of debates on how we can keep it however, doing it for the longest time doesn't help. If we truly are concerned, it is best for each of us to start everything from ourselves. With the simple pulling of the plug after using our appliances, switching off the light when not in use or using fuel-efficient vehicles are one of the ways that we can contribute on energy conservation and preservation. And in some way, it harms less the environment.