For decades, man has been using fossil fuels as a source of energy. They need energy for electricity, transportation, heating, and colling their homes. The energy from fossil fuels has made all these possible. Fossil fuels are derived from the remnants of prehistoric plants and animals. However, when they are burned to produce energy, they emit harmful gases into the air. This causes air pollution and affects the health of the people. Air pollution can cause respiratory diseases, allergies, neurological diseases, and even different forms of cancer. They also contribute to global warming and climate change. When it rains, these harmful gases mix with rainwater and pollute our waters. This makes water unsafe for consumption for both man and animals. The acid rain also affects the level of acidity on land which poses dangers to those organisms that depend on the land for their survival. So, burning of fossil fuels to produce energy can cause air, water, and land pollution which can affect the people’s health detrimentally.
Nonrenewable sources of energy such as fossil fuels are not good for the environment. However, human depend on energy for their necessities and convenience. That is why there is a need to find alternative sources of energy – more sustainable and friendlier to the environment. We must find ways to convert to renewable sources of energy because we know that energy is essential for our survival. Since energy is already such an indispensable part of our existence and more so in the coming years, we have to find sustainable means to get energy and those that will not harm the environment. We must also think about the next generation – the resources that they would have and the environment that they would live in. This puts everything in perspective. We must support renewable sources of energy for our health, environment, and future.