Fossil Fuels and what you can do to help

Fossil Fuels and what you can do to help

Lilly A., Writer

How many of you usually ride a car to school? Well did you know that just by riding to and from school you are contributing to fossil fuels? Now what are fossil fuels? Fossil fuels are natural resources that we dig up and use for energy. These resources include crude oils, coal, and natural gasses. Oils are generally used to power things like cars, jets, and other automobiles. They also create energy for us to use. Coal also creates lots of energy for us to use. In fact, it generates about 30% of our energy. And last but not least, natural gasses. Natural gasses are responsible for about a third of  America’s fossil fuel use. Now you might be asking yourself “Why Does this matter?”. The amount of fossil fuels we use matter because it contributes to things like air and water pollution, global warming, and deadly diseases. For example, combustion of the coal leads to highly toxic chemicals being released into the atmosphere. This is the same with natural gasses. Natural gasses are generally made up of a highly toxic chemical called methane. When that methane/chemicals burn and let out these things called toxins, those toxins go into the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. They can also contribute to air and water pollution. 4.6 people alone die from air pollution, and that’s just humans. Think about the millions of plants and animals that also die due to air and water pollution. 

 Here’s another question, when you get home how many of you just go on your phones, play video games like Fortnite or Pub G, or just watch Youtube/T.V in general. Or maybe you don’t do any of that you just play a sport. The point is that we as the future generation are not really doing anything to prevent the problem of fossil fuels. So then, what are some things you can do to help/ limit the amount of fossil fuels there are in the environment. Some things you can do are installing solar panels on your home’s roof to generate renewable energy house, purchasing less processed foods, since it takes up more energy to produce them, taking a walk or a ride a bike to your destination, and reducing the temperature on your heating system. And you might already do all of these things already, and that’s great. But another big part of this project is creating awareness. So by even telling a friend or family member about fossil fuels and what they can do to help would also be helping solving the problem of fossil fuels. So instead of sitting on your butt and playing Fortnite, help us reduce the amount of fossil fuels we use.