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Global Energy Independence Day – July 10, 2023

We observe Global Energy Independence Day on July 10 yearly. It aims to raise awareness about the importance of alternative fuels. We are currently using fossil fuels as our sources, and they need replacing. Fossil fuels are nonrenewable and require a very long time –– millions of years –– to form. They are also a source of pollution. On this day, we raise awareness against fossil fuels and focus on finding alternative sources that are renewable and relatively non-polluting sources of energy. Michael D. Antonovich, a member of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, started this day in 2006.

History of Global Energy Independence Day

Global Energy Independence Day serves as a reminder that energy is one of our basic needs. Our ancestors in prehistoric times did not need much energy. The bulk of their energy requirements were for keeping their bodies running. But with the invention of fire, the need to have a source of energy gradually increased. The fuel for the fire was simple, available, and free. But over time, our requirements have increased. Discoveries came over time, and everything needed energy. Hence new forms of fuel were eventually discovered and used. We started using wind energy by the time navigation began. Natural oils were then introduced as the first form of liquid fuel.

As the factories started, the need for a fuel that could output a considerable amount of energy became obvious. Out of this need, coal was found and, later, petroleum. Coal was a popular fuel in the medieval era. It powered large-scale industries and cities. But the pollution caused by burning coal is a concern. Hence, we started looking for alternate clean sources of energy. Now the know-how to make clean and renewable energy from wind, sun, water, and other natural sources is available. But we are still not able to process enough power to stop using fossil fuels.

We have made progress in our search. But our technology is still limited in extracting energy from natural sources. Global Energy Independence Day is a reminder to focus on creating better technology and ideas. Greenhouse gases are destroying our environment, and fossil fuels are the cause. Finding a better fuel source is the only way to have a cleaner world in the future.

Global Energy Independence Day timeline

One Million Years Ago
The First Use of Fuels

Homo erectus starts to use wood for combustion.

5000 B.C.
The Use of Wind Energy

Egyptians use wind energy to navigate the Nile river.

1748
The Earliest Commercial Mining

Virginia has the first commercial mine, Richmond Coalfield.

1858
The Petroleum Mines

Georg Christian Konrad Hunäus discovers petroleum while drilling for lignite.

Global Energy Independence Day FAQs

Who published ‘The Global Energy Review Report 2021?’

‘The Global Energy Review Report’ was issued by the International Energy Agency (I.E.A.).

How is energy independence calculated?

The energy independence indicator is the ratio of net imports to the sum of gross inland energy consumption plus bunkers.

Will there be oil in 2050?

Most experts indicate that oil, natural gas, and coal will deplete this century.

How to Observe Global Energy Independence Day

  1. Try to use other fuel sources

    There are plenty of other energy sources that use renewable energy. Try to use such alternative forms of energy to fuel your daily needs.

  2. Write essays about the demerits of fossil fuels

    Write an essay about fossil fuels. Try to explore how fossil fuels can pollute our atmosphere and identify and discover new renewable sources of energy.

  3. Promise to reduce fossil fuel use

    We all agree that fossil fuels are not the future we need. Organize a meeting with your friends who share your enthusiasm and ethics. Promise to reduce the use of fossil fuels forever.

5 Lesser Know Facts About Fuels And Energy

  1. Energy importing nations

    Luxembourg, Japan, Ireland, the Republic of Korea, and Belgium are the top five energy importing countries.

  2. Petroleum discovery

    Petroleum was found while drilling for lignite.

  3. Global Energy Independence Day and Tesla

    Global Energy Independence Day coincides with the birthday of Nikola Tesla.

  4. The U.S. and world gasoline consumption

    The United States is responsible for 44% of the world’s gasoline consumption.

  5. The first diesel engine

    The first diesel engine ran on peanut oil.

Why Global Energy Independence Day is Important

  1. A day to find a better fuel source

    A renewable and clean source of fuel is quintessential for human development. This day is dedicated to finding such an alternative source of clean fuel.

  2. It raises awareness about pollution

    The day ignited discussion about fossil fuels and the pollution they cause. Pollution is a major concern for us. It can reduce the quality of life and cause the extinction of various species. We love to have a day to explore better ways to reduce pollution and make this world a better place for all its inhabitants.

  3. Fossil fuels will be finished soon

    As we all know, fossil fuels are nonrenewable fuels. They take millions of years to form. Sources will deplete in a few hundred years at the rate we are consuming. It is now high time to find other alternatives that are better for the environment.

Global Energy Independence Day dates

YearDateDay
2023July 10Monday
2024July 10Wednesday
2025July 10Thursday
2026July 10Friday
2027July 10Saturday

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