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The need for a change in our energy sources – 3 questions we can ask ourselves

Blue skies, beautiful sunsets, elegant beaches. All of us want to live in a beautiful world, just clean and pleasurable but that might not be the case, not too long in to the future. Each and every day the world is stepping towards the brink of an ecological disaster and the main culprit for that has been the adverse energy sources we have been using for a long time. Although being beneficial, the benefits of them don’t counter the costs we have to pay. “What can us as the youth do about it?” you might ask. There’s more than you think.

Where are we at?

Not in a good position to be honest. Already we are seeing the signs of a dark future, quite literarily. While one of our main energy sources, fossil fuel is running out, the drastic effects of over the limit consumption has set the world on a dark path. Day by day the news of people dying due to the adverse effect of the increased global temperature has been on the rise. The animals who have lost their habitats have increased. The sea level is on the rise, setting the lives of a large percentage of the global population at risk.

 Level of wildfires is at a record height. The vegetation cover is rapidly depleting. The list goes on and on. The massive ecological disaster that we are leading to is quite frightening. What’s more frightening is we are yet to take measures that will make maximum impact and some of us are still in denial of the global catastrophe we are in.

Who’s responsible?

Who else but humans. Since the days of the industrial revolution with the use of fossil fuel based energy sources, the world has been on a dark path unbeknownst to the general population but now it’s not the case anymore. We all can see it with our own eyes. We can’t just shrug it off with a “We don’t feel it, let it be others’ problem” attitude. 

While us humans are the one’s responsible, we are the same ones who have to do something about it. That’s where we as the youth of the society could do a massive contribution to make this right. At the end of the day, who better than the youth to lead the charge for a better future. We have the strength and the mindset to make that happen. Otherwise we ourselves are the ones who will have to face the dire consequences.

What can we do?

A move to sustainable energy. As dramatic as it sounds, it doesn’t have to be that way. While many countries around the world have changed their energy policies to a more sustainable way, there’s still more to do and we as the youth could raise our voices to make that happen. 

We could educate ourselves on sustainable energy and spread the message to the society on why should we make the move and what we will gain for a better tomorrow. Initiatives can be planned and executed to make the community aware about what’s going in the world and why we need a change in our energy policies. There are already a vast community of youth stepping up and driving a massive campaign to make our future a better place. It’s time for us to join hands with them.

“We live in a strange world where children must sacrifice their own education in order to protest against the destruction of their future. Where the people who have contributed the least to this crisis are the ones who are going to be affected the most.”

-Greta Thunberg

Let’s not pass this along to our future generations. Ultimately what I believe is we are the ones who could make the most impact to promote this topic. Let’s make it happen one day at a time.  

We as AIESEC in University of Moratuwa are ready to lead the charge and embark on a journey of making the nation’s youth step up towards that goal. It will be here sooner than you think.

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AIESEC has partnered with Genso Power Technologies for an LKR 1.6 million Project

“The future is green energy, sustainability, renewable energy.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger –

With the presence in over 120 countries, AIESEC is one of the largest youth run organizations in the world and is driven to empower youth of the next generation to act towards achieving humankind’s potential while embracing cross-cultural diversity. We focus on creating a positive impact on society and creating young leaders who would take the lead in changing the world for the better. With that goal in mind, AIESEC Sri Lanka was initiated as a member chapter of AIESEC International and is the governing body of the local entity, AIESEC in University of Moratuwa. Being the first local committee of Sri Lanka we have a reputation of initiating multiple projects targeting a variety of SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) set by the UN. To make each project a success story we partner up with recognized corporations such as Genso Power Technologies Pvt. Ltd. with the goal of rendering the most impactful results to the world.

With the word GENSO, being derived from ‘Generate Solar’, GENSO has well established itself in the technological industry as one of Sri Lanka’s fastest growing renewable energy companies. Under the vision of “Improving the living standards of people and supporting the Sustainable growth of the Sri Lankan economy while securing the environment by delivering cleanest, most efficient and affordable means of energy – Solar Power”, Genso Power Technologies Pvt. Ltd has well positioned itself as an organisation that acts sustainably towards the community, economy and environment. And arriving at a partnership with project Switch Off of AIESEC is evidence of their commitment towards building a better society.

Switch Off is a community project aligned with SDG 7 initiated by AIESEC in University of Moratuwa and stands to provide affordable and clean energy to the remote villages in the country. With their impeccable technology ranging from solar panels to power backups, Genso Power Technologies Pvt. Ltd rendered their knowledge, competence and resources to build the pillar for Switch Off this term.

 

The partnership between AIESEC and Genso Power Technologies Pvt. Ltd. was built on the common aim of building a better society for the residents of Sri Lanka. And Switch Off being the bond that strengthens this partnership, together we hope to make an impact in society by lighting houses and electrifying them all the while creating youth awareness on energy and renewable energy consumption. Cheers to a newfound partnership and cheers to new beginnings with Switch Off!

 
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