16 June 2052: World Headlines – Vanishing Oil Reserves

It was 6am. I woke up one morning, lying on my bed with beads of perspiration formed on my forehead. What’s wrong with the air-conditioner? Didn’t I switched it on last night? As the room was still pitched dark, I reached forward to flick on the switch to turn on the lights. There wasn’t a sudden burst of light energy from the source. I flicked the switch once more. No response. Before I could perform my third attempt of turning on the switch, a siren went off. What?!? Is this a nationwide emergency? War? I grabbed hold of my mobile and turn on the radio function. 

“Zzz…world…zz..runs out …chhh…no electricity….zz..chh..oil vanished…” The radio transmission stopped. There was only a soft and monotonous noise made over the radio. Suddenly, reality hits me straight in the head. The humanity have come face to face with this stark reality – our oil reserves have varnished … suddenly. 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be living in a world without oil? Watch the 3-part documentary titled ‘Aftermath : World Without Oil’ on YouTube.

Ironically, developed countries would be first to get hit badly if the electricity supply stops one day. The lifeblood of our high-tech world won’t last forever unless we have pool of alternative energy sources we can tap from. Besides researching into other renewable sources of energy and supporting alternative energy companies like NRGLab Singapore, we could also play a part by saving the use of electricity.
Though alternative energies are often clean and environmental-friendly, that doesn’t give us any reasons to take electricity for granted and use it as if it will not run out.

We need to star practising energy conversation and weave in energy-saving habits into our daily lives. This includes switching to energy-saving and energy-efficient electrical appliances, unplug appliances rather than leaving them on standby which often amounts up to 5 to 10 % of the home energy use. One of the electricity-saving tips I am currently practising now is to take shorter showers or to reduce the showering time so that I do not have to turn on the water heater for a longer period of time which would consume more energy. Using less energy not only save costs, but it also reduce the stress and demands on energy in the world.

Let’s not wait til 2052 before we get into the action of saving energy.


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