What do you know about biodiesel? I first learnt of biodiesel because of our international director at Anderson University, Indiana. He had a ‘french fry car”. I have thought of that french fry car a lot of late especially while watching COP26 unfold.
As the discussion goes on about the necessity of a green way forward, I thought it would be important to share certain articles that can help inform us on another way. Now, American media organizations have a way of only sharing foreign news stories when it uplifts America as the front runner in everything. This has a tendency to limit the realities possible. Please watch/ listen to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk on why this can be a very dangerous world to live in: https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?language=en
These links will hopefully help us understand that there is another way forward that if explored can be instrumental when we discuss the climate crisis. The second article also shows that other wealthy cities and nations across the globe are already working on these eco-friendly futures. Why aren’t we?
Here is an article from Forbes dated 07th May 2011: https://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewdepaula/2011/05/27/veggie-oil-might-smell-better-than-diesel-but-its-no-slam-dunk/?sh=4620cf657b2f
The issues highlighted by the author are:
- Cost: My response to this is do we have a choice at this point since we now know our actions are basically killing the earth? (Again, at the time the article was written, petroleum still presented as the cheaper and thus, better option)
- Farmland: Farming, like all things on earth, is evolving. There are ways to farm smart that might not need as much land and water. It might also be possible to apply newer agricultural tech to this conversation.
- Five minutes to start, five minutes before stopping: This is an issue, if researched, can be addressed. If funding is put into this issue, like funding is put into other issues, we might be able to find a way forward that tackles this hiccup.
Here is an article from World Economic Forum that shares Dubai’s journey to 100% used vegetable oil vehicles: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/02/the-first-city-running-its-vehicles-on-waste-cooking-oil/
All in all, I keep seeing posts about the current administration celebrating going electric. This is good for the environment in many ways, but we can still go further and I’d like us to dare to. Perhaps, we can consider it planting shade trees we might never sit under?
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