Sustainability with Suzuki

David Suzuki is an amazing powerhouse. He spoke today at the National Press Club, and combined passion for his topic and scientific understanding of underlying issues with energy, wit and charisma. Outstanding

I was really impressed with his grasp of the need for us to look beyond our noses and realise that we are stewards of the world in which we live, stewards for our children’s children and beyond. We have the power to influence the globe; we need to accept the responsibility for applying that power appropriately.
Energy sustainability is a huge issue throughout the world. As I noted a few days ago, computers impose massive demands on our energy generation and supply systems, and it is for this reason that I’m again called to tip my hat to Google. They’re turning the roof of the 1-million-square-foot Googleplex into an enormous solar panel set! It’s so big that they’re expecting the 9,200 panels to produce 1.6MW of electricity – about 30% of the demands of the complex, and enough to repay their capital investment within 5-10 years. Now that’s smart investing…

If their numbers are right, I wonder how many other rooftops could be converted to solar panels. If we’re only looking at a 5-10 year horizon for savings to be realised, it doesn’t take a genius to realise that some profit is waiting to be made… by the big electricity generators if noone else!

2 comments on “Sustainability with Suzuki

  1. David Susuki is very informative and has a lot of valuable points. We are the custodians of the planet and it is up to all individuals that we look after it which at present we could be doing a better job. Solar Power is something worthwhile to consider as well as Nuclear Power. Australia as you know receives a great deal of sunshine and this could be harnessed to produce a great deal of energy. There are many areas of land which are not suitable for settlement and perhaps such land could be used for solar energy purposes. I think that we need to look at a vialbe alternative to coal burning power stations to Nuclear Power. Nuclear Power has a major disadvantage in that its fallout needs to be buried or disposed of properly but with such vast areas of unusable land then perhaps areas could be allocated to bury the fallout.

    Garry

  2. I couldn’t understand some parts of this article Sustainability with Suzuki, but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sounds interesting.

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