The power sector is the highest emitter of greenhouse gases each year, approximately 40 percent of overall atmosphere pollution. Fossil fuels make up 67 percent of the electricity generated in the world, a number that contributes substantially to climate change. More electric companies are beginning to turn to renewable energy as these resources become more efficient and cost effective. Currently, 24 percent of electricity comes from renewable sources and this number is predicted to increase in the coming years.
This collection demonstrates several ways that communities and countries have been limiting their carbon footprint by relying increasingly more on renewable power. In Kenya and India, local communities are using their natural surroundings of geothermal activity and agricultural waste (biomass) to provide clean energy. Paris has transformed entire areas to have almost zero emissions by using a combination of power sources such as solar and wind, and the Danish island of Samso generates 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources. These stories show that individuals and communities can have a huge impact both on themselves and the world as they strive to improve their quality of life through renewable energy.
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