All entries for Tuesday 08 November 2011
November 08, 2011
After landing back in the UK, I find my mind wandering back to the days spent in
The key factors that I believe are essential in targeting if we are to make progress in terms of climate change and energy consumption are the following:
- Technological advancement – if we are to become less dependent on fossil fuels then we must invest in renewable energy technology. This investment of both money and skills is necessary to ensure that renewable energy technologies become as efficient as possible. Then only will they be able to surpass non-renewable form of energy.
- Education – if we want the people of the world to have a more considerate attitude towards energy, then they must be educated about the consequences of excessive energy use. This education could be incorporated into school curriculums in order to create successive generations of people who realise the importance of their actions in terms of the environment.
- Political policies – a factor that we constantly debated was that of what role governments would play in implementing policies in order to tackle the energy crisis. This was one area where we found it hard to come to a definitive conclusion. However, we did agree that the course of action adopted would depend on the country. If a government is unable to decide on any coherent policies then a bottom-up solution would be best. In an ideal situation the government would work closely with the people to ensure a successful and productive outcome.
The trip to
To Caroline, Karen, Jo, Graeme and Kevin, I thank you for organising this trip and ensuring that we had a great time in
To all the Junior Commissioners – Gurrein, Massimo, Bakht, Ben, Thlompho, Tommy, Kitty and Jarel – I thank you for making this trip a memorable one. I always believed that I would learn much from all of you and my belief has been confirmed. Your ideas and opinions have certainly shaped my views and encouraged me to think about the issues facing the world with a global perspective. Also, your humour and lively spirits added that extra light to
I hope to see you all again soon but until then, good luck and goodbye.
- Nirali Patel