At a recent forum on energy, approximately 900 people participated in a conversation on energy conservation and alternative resources. The keynote speaker was Kateri Callahan, President of the Alliance to Save Energy, who discussed Georgia’s promising position in the production of future energy supplies.
Energy supply is and always has been one of the most critical issues for humanity. Heat, light, mobility, communication – they all depend on an energy supply of some kind. You might even say that along with water and the atmosphere, energy is one of the primary building blocks of life on this planet.
But, there are elaborate and complicated economic, environmental, social and infrastructural systems behind every bulb that lights our houses, every piece of food we consume, every trip we make and every email we send.
Over the coming decades, global supply of and demand for energy will have very large impacts on the way we live and conduct business. We will have to make critical decisions concerning the sources of the energy we consume, who owns those resources, the continued viability of the infrastructure used to deliver them and the impacts of the energy system on the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the Atlanta region – the entire planet, in fact.
Here is how:
Hopefully, by starting the conversation now, our metro area will be better prepared to address these critical questions about future energy needs before it’s too late.