MacKay defines sustainable energy as energy obtained from resources that cannot be exhausted. Therefore, by definition, the sources of sustainable energy have the potential of serving the needs of the current generation without compromising on the needs of the future generations. However, the concept of sustainable energy should not be misconstrued to mean that it is all about taking care of the future generations because global warming is already being experienced and some natural resources are already getting depleted. Taking into account the above mentioned point, some of the environmental problems we face today require long-term solutions for sustainable development. In this regard, sustainable energy is one of the most effective and efficient solutions that the current generation can employ in not only addressing the current environmental challenges but also ensuring that we do not run out of energy resources (Tester et al. 67). It is for this reason that there exists a direct correlation between sustainable development and renewable energy.
The resources that supply us with energy are extremely essential to the survival of our and future generations. The intense exploitation of these resources has led to the emergence of societies that are highly technological in wealthy countries (Galarraga et al. 99). However, even with such benefits there is a dilemma that arises from the urge to continue serving our current generation with the benefits that technology provides without affecting the stability of the society, causing environmental degradation, or threatening the existence of future generations. The answer to the dilemma involves using sustainable sources of energy. As Boyle wrote in his blog on the writing service, most of our energy sources are unsustainable in the long run, especially if the current growth trends persist.
The future of our and next generations is strongly dependent on how governments, institutions, and individuals choose to set priorities on sustainable development of our society. The issues that surround the future of energy go beyond technology because energy use is integral to many aspects of our life, including quality of life itself, commerce, mobility, and the stability of social institutions (Wengenmayr et al. 43). In such a way, the energy use by the current generation impacts the environment in many aspects, some of which are irreversible, especially with the given increase in human population. As a consequence, the continued rise in population and economic growth leads to increased exploitation of natural resources and consumption of energy. Furthermore, the unequal distribution of natural resources has geopolitical effects. This put together, implies that there can never be sustainable development for our generation without sustainable energy.
Sustainable energy entails wise usage of clean technologies and energy derived from clean sources. The first step to achieve energy sustainability is using it efficiently. Efficient energy exploitation reduces business and household bills, the resources needed for energy production, and greenhouse emissions. In view of this, all of us in the current generation have a role to play in ensuring that we do not run out of energy sources. What is more, employment of renewable energy is essential for sustainable development because this type of energy is derived from renewable sources like sun and wind which cannot be exhausted. In addition, energy production from renewable sources causes less pollution in comparison with the sources of non-renewable energy.