Hello people of the World,
This past week on October the 16th it was blog action day. Blog action day is when people from all over the World write a post about a set topic. This year the topic is ‘Raise Your Voice’. I have decided to raise my voice about Mining. Why is mining the most popular option of energy, when it is very harmful to us and the environment?
I think that mining is a very important issue as it is polluting our World and not only in Australia but all over the World. For example in America only nine percent of Americans generate their energy by using renewable sources, while the other ninety one percent is generating their energy from from coal burning power plants. These results of people relying on mining for coal are damaging our planet and don’t forget the other one hundred and ninety six countries that are mainly relying on mining as well!!!
The mining industry has literally moved mountains to gain access to these massive coal stores, which has created some pretty serious problems on land. While there are many reasons that the coal industry should be abolished, here are just a few to get you started.
Water that mixes with coal and other rocks during the mining process takes on toxic levels of heavy metals and minerals. According to Scientific research, “Toxic water leaks out of abandoned mines to contaminate groundwater, streams, soil, plants, animals and humans.”
2. Air Pollution
In America after gases escape from the mine shaft according to a study done by Earth Justice, coal mining releases ten percent of all methane emissions, one thousand, seven hundred and ninety tons of VOCs a year, and more nitrogen dioxide than can be produced by 1.12 million cars. Keep in mind these figures do not take into account the pollution associated with burning coal.
After a few insights of how mining is bad to our planet, you can also make a difference to this issue.
Speak up for what you think is right.
Raise your Voice
Keep tuned for more posts,