Elon Musk, one of the big names in the space industry and the technological industry in general, founded SpaceX and co-founded Tesla and several other companies. He is one of the voices persuading the youth and the world to reach for the stars and also claimed that the world needs to see a ‘popular uprising’ against the fossil fuel industry in order to tame the destabilization of our Earth’s climate.
We are witnessing other countries grab the opportunity to fight climate change by the horns as India (the second most populated country in the world) doubles their current capacity from 20GW to 40GW within their solar parks. Although this increase in solar productivity comes out of a strife to sustain the rapidly growing population, it still steers the world in a more mindful direction in terms of environmental concerns. What we see China doing is leading the world in producing the most solar power. The nation reached 77.42GW by the end of 2016 (nearly double of India’s projected capacity).
The United States is still a little behind in the solar industry but it will take much more effort to prove to law makers that the safety and future of our planet greatly relies on renewable energy amongst other things. Regardless, seeing that other countries are picking up their renewable energy game is great news since little progress is better than nothing. We will just have to wait and see how the current administration deals with the problem of climate change. Until then, a ‘popular uprising’ to demonstrate the importance we feel in addressing climate change is probably what we need.