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Schools must transition to renewable energy to promote welfare

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Climate change has been a prominent societal issue for over three decades. However, people only became more aware of the detrimental effects of climate change in recent years, as its severity is increasing. As educators of the next generation, schools must lead by example through the use of renewable energy. 

The promise of new educational opportunities for schools that transition to renewable energy is often overlooked. Sustainability became increasingly significant as climate change continues to ravage regions surrounded by ocean and where temperatures are extremely low. Students need to understand the finer details of renewable energy to create a better tomorrow. When students eventually inherit the future, it is on them to transition to renewable energy. Being exposed to these major environmental concerns introduces and motivates them to learn how these issues can be resolved. 

Asthma is among the most common ailments in the U.S. and is triggered by ozone, proving that bad air quality is a major stimulant of asthma. One in 12 students in the U.S. have asthma. When students with asthma are in an asthma-triggering environment, it could cause emotional, behavioral, and social problems, which impedes academic performance. Renewable energy would mitigate the effects of asthma, as its production and consumption will not pollute the air. A transition to clean energy may protect students’ health, improving their performance and could reduce the amount of respiratory-related absences. 

Although the prospect of a clean future through the use of renewable energy is gratifying, the money needed poses a challenge. Transitioning to sustainable energy will require a major investment of money because few companies are completely devoted to producing renewable energy sources. To relieve the money issue, state governments have tax incentives, ways of reducing the amount of tax that one pays, for those who transition to renewable energy. 

Reducing one’s carbon footprint at a time like this is essential, so to begin the transition to sustainable energy, schools must begin by researching how much energy is consumed on campus each day and work with a renewable energy company to determine how to scale the infrastructure needed. As the signs of climate change become more obvious and impactful, renewable energy must be of top priority if there is any hope to solve the problem.

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