FUEL CONSERVATION FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Fuel conservation is the direst need of the hour. The rate at which we have been using the fossil fuels is not only consuming future resources for the coming generations, which itself is a gigantic problem, but also polluting our environment alarmingly. The aftermath and fallout of the excessive use of fossil fuels has adversely affected man. Our environment is like a gigantic balloon of transparent substance in which we have our being. When this balloon was created it was filled with pure wholesome gases which are necessary for our very existence but man, the foolish creature filled it with dark poisonous gases released with the depletion of fossil fuels, that’s two sins together. Man, also fails to see that he has damaged the ‘life’ balloon to such an extent that reclaiming to its pristine purity and beauty is next to impossible and all of this happens because of doing those 2 sins, but if we stop doing one, the effect of other can be reduced. If we pay our attention towards conserving fuel, using it wisely then it would directly affect the way we pollute the balloon. But why to conserve fuel?
Fossil fuels are formed over millions of years from the fossils, or remains, of dead animals and plants that were buried under dirt and rock. Heat from inside the earth and pressure from dirt and rock changes these fossils into oil, natural gas and coal and then, we shape these products into energy for our needs and now they have become an indispensable part of our life that we can’t even imagine a life without them. From our home’s kitchen to a global industry everything runs on fossil fuels. Weather you are going to your office by your car or you are trying to boil water. EVERYTHING which needs energy targets fossil fuels as their primary source of energy. Not just for our daily purpose they are consumed every second for a much larger cause. Most of the power generation plants especially in India are ‘thermal power plants’ which rely on coal to produce energy. Petroleum is used to serve as main ‘fuel’ for all vehicles weather it be aviation fuel or petrol or diesel all of it is derived by processing petroleum. Now a day’s natural gas is also used as fuel which is considered to be a clean source of energy but that consumes fossil fuel too. Heavier fractions of petroleum obtained during the processing of petroleum have excellent lubricant purposes and are used as lubricants motor oil, hydraulic oil, petroleum jelly. Petrochemicals are further used In the manufacture of plastics. Plastics are used to make bottles containers bags and many other items. Many more other things also rely on petroleum or fossil fuels and the sad part is, There is no hope of more fossil fuels being created, or of scientists figuring out how to synthesize petroleum or coal in a lab through experimentation of plant matter. Because of this, mankind is in a tight spot as far as energy is concerned. Still, while scientists strive to create new alternative energy possibilities fossil fuels remain the most robust and effective means we have of powering vehicles and other machinery in reliable fashion and because it takes millions of years to make or “renew” more fossil fuels, we call them “non-renewable fuels.” We are currently using the fuels that were made more than 65 million years ago and once this fuel is gone, the only thing left will be REGRET.
Conserving energy and fuel makes sense on different levels. It is wise to turn off your car at traffic signals, minimize the use of brakes and encourage car pooling. Spread awareness for fuel conservation amongst your friends and relatives. There are three areas where the motorist can save fuel- proper maintenance, efficient driving habits and intelligent purchase of a vehicle. One of the best ways to save fuel is to reduce speed, as speed increases, fuel economy decreases exponentially. That’s the least we can do, to save fuel while driving. Because, it is impractical to go over other ways, as we are developing in this advanced civilization stage we are facing shortage of everything whether it be water, food or fuel.
In total, we can say that we are running out of our main energy producing source at an alarming rate and it is wiser to conserve now then to face the consequences later. We must move to better and clean energy sources like solar, wind, tidal and sources like that. It is impossible to get this done altogether but we have to be consistent in this work to remove fuel from our life. There is no politics, partiality or running from this because we are all in this together.