There is nothing unusual about energy like coals and oils being consumed,
principally because economic development depends on natural resources all the
time. But what is happening today is extraordinary judged by the standards of
the past. It is energy depletion on a massive scale and this problem is so
knotty that should deserve our closer heed.
Amongst the diverse factors contributing to the energy crises around the
world, government’s short-sighted policies and citizens’ extravagant use of
automobiles are probably the two most significant ones. By presuming on their
natural resources, quite a few countries, especially developing ones, are eager
to develop their economy in order to gain an edge over their rivals. Admittedly,
their intensive use of the energy facilitates, to some extent, the developments
of other industries in short term. Additionally, the amount of private cars
increases at such a breakneck speed that the petroleum used amounts to an
intimidating proportion of the natural resources.
The consequences are undoubtedly disastrous for human beings. Although
countries can boast their growth of GDP, their citizens have to endure the ever
deteriorated environment with stinking gas belching from factories and vehicles,
polluted water due to fuels infiltrating underground, even ultraviolet radiation
in the absence of ozone layer and, therefore, their quality of life is by no
means improved. Also, sustainable development can never come into true in this
situation, meaning that our descendants can benefit nothing except sterile land
and polluted air and water from their ancestors.
Therefore, our government must take serious steps to attack those problems.
The first and foremost is that governments have to reverse their mindset and no
longer deem the growth of GDP their first goal. Rather, the betterment of
citizens’ quality of life should deserve more attention than the economic
growth. Furthermore, the use of private cars should be discouraged by
authorities, who must shoulder the responsibility of improving public
transportation in order to facilitate people as well as release the burden of
In conclusion, to avoid the phrase “filthy rich” added to themselves,
countries must pay more heed to the efficient use of their energy and the issue
of environmental protection, while they develop their economy; otherwise,
environmental apocalypse and energy crisis are feared to happen in the