It is no strange fact that the most immediate problem facing the world today is energy (or rather lack of), and like most economic problems, it requires a solution, lest the world plunder into a depression. Today’s economy is tied into tomorrow’s future and thus, a career choice in the field of science appropriately links to a college major, an eventual career path, and ultimately a contribution towards the world’s economic prosperity. In short, the future rest in “going green” and anyone pushing against this notion is sure to struggle in terms of wealth and employment.
As portrayed by the media, gas prices are at record breaking highs and as the need for oil increases, the economy falters. Admittedly, there have been proposed solutions; however these solutions are predominantly short term answers to an inevitable end to fossil fuels. Conclusively, we are back at “square one” once fossil fuels are depleted. For example, Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for vice-president, has plans in favor of drilling into oil reserves within the Alaskan region. Nevertheless, as well-meant as these intentions may be, they fail to uphold a final solution to the world’s need for energy.
The field of science lays the foundation for an education that is necessary in approaching and solving the world’s current energy crisis. If applied correctly, it can improve on the solutions already set in place. In other words, strengthen renewable sources of energy such as wind, hydroelectric forms of energy, and solar power. Even more, science majors and scientist can progress the creation and distribution of eco-friendly vehicles such as hybrids, electric cars, and hydrogen based motor vehicles.
More so, a recent Google search has lead me to discover a trend in “green” majors. Simply put, an economic initiative is sweeping college campuses in the fields of Biology with a focus on Ecology, Forestry, Environmental Law and “green” Engineering. This is an obvious foreshadow of the world’s, or at least the nation’s, future. Economic concerns put aside, the lacking numbers of American students entering mathematical and scientific studies remains at a constant decline. The American economy has lost its competitive edge over foreign nations and thus, native doctors, scientist and engineers have become less frequent. Although we are a nation based on equality, we must encourage our own population to embrace science (and mathematics) or face growing dependencies on foreign aid.