Attention-Getter: Do you know what this is? This is worsening your asthma at the age of 10 and you developing lung cancer by the age of 30. According to the Centers for Disease Control there are 1 in 11 children with asthma (Centers, 2012a) and approximately 208,000 people diagnosed with lung cancer (Centers, 2012b). Fortunately, there is a better way.
Credibility: I’m sure you’ve all heard about or seen windmills and solar panels. For those of you here on Okinawa there’s no way you haven’t seen the giant white windmills and street lights equipped with solar panels. These forms of alternative energy are a growing trend here on Okinawa as the island strives to free itself from energy dependence and high energy costs.
With our ever expansive population, governments around the world seem to be in a last minute rush to become energy independent. I would also like you to think about your health and ensuring your children have a nice place to grow up. There are many types of alternative energy and I would like to share a few of them. Additionally, I will give you a brief synopsis of the benefits we can draw from using alternative resources.
Transition: What is alternative energy you ask?
I. To begin, let me explain what alternative energy is and what it means to you. A. According to the Oxford Dictionary, alternative energy is energy generated in ways that do not deplete natural resources or harm the environment, especially by avoiding the use of fossil fuels and nuclear power (Alternative, 2012). 1. However, I’d like to point out that worldly scholars have not decided upon a unanimous definition. B. The Department of Energy makes a great point in stating “renewable energy technologies have the potential to strengthen our nation's energy security, improve environmental quality, and contribute to a strong energy economy” (United, 2012) Transition: Next I’d like to introduce the...
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