Research has found that as we age our reliance and use on energy increases. A research from Harvard University and Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research found a greying population results in higher energy use. Data collected across US household from 1987 - 2009 have revealed energy use varies across seventeen age categories. Data from this research shows that energy consumption for children up to home leaving age group slowly increases before temporarily taking a dip when they first leave home. The age category of thirty years shows energy consumption rises with a slight decrease when people hit their mid-fifties before the climb commences again. Studies shows that the fluctuations in energy consumption has to do with changing lifestyles as we cycle through our lifetime.
The study shows that the high energy consumption in the age category of 30's is a result of people wanting more of everything and having everything at our fingers. The 'age of convenience', is having a high impact on the environment. This era is an era of instant clicks and wanting it all, now. It is a 'click and you shall have' mentality of our society. This is a luxury that both most people and our environment cannot afford. Changes in financial lending which supports 'instant gratification' if the buy now and pay later economy promotes the demise in social and environmental consideration. It is easy to blindly consume when we cannot see the effect it is having in other places. With the click-economy hiding the true nature of what we are consuming, society is lead into a false sense of 'environmental security'. Yes, buy-now and we will pay later. The buyosphere is getting worse each and every day. The increase in disposal and lack of investment in the true circular economy is the true problem. The result - is climate change. Buy now, pay later sums up societies attitude towards consumerism entirely and the true feelings towards environmental consciousness. So who is to blame?
Consumerism the click-economy, and instant gratification is here to stay. We often buy things we do not need. We do this because we can, because it is convenient and because we are shielded from the truth on its true product lifecycle. Are we as consumers asking the right questions? Are we challenging the way convenience is affecting the very fabric of society? Governments will argue for and against climate change. Governments will either tell us that converting to a renewable and sustainable future will cost jobs. Governments should look to prevent Australian jobs from going off-shore and focus on what they can do to protect the Australian financial economy through job protection, job creation and not corporate profits. Some Governments will tell you that going renewal will cost jobs. We need to stop, we need think and we need to challenge this by asking - HOW? When a new industry commences, jobs are created and not only does innovation occur it heightens.
The circular economy is our future. It provides us a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. A true circular economy educates and provides for us to move beyond the current take-make-waste extractive industrial model that we have become so accustomed to. We need to support an economic framework that supports, builds and rebuilds the overall environmental health. A circular economy, represents a systemic movement that builds long-term resilience, generates business and economic opportunities, and provides environmental and societal benefits. This shift is the shift that we all need to make as we look to click and buy our next convenient item. Manufacturers need to look to reuse pre-loved or end of life items. They need to innovate and be the first source of environmental protection. They need to look to manufacture and distribute using green, clean energy. The energy sector, needs to not worry about the 'sniper privatisation' of the energy sector. The industry is a growing industry that will create opportunities, begin to restore decades worth of destruction.
Fact is: climate change is not the problem, it is the symptom. It is the symptom of convenience, of wanting it all and wanting it now, and wanting what we actually do not need. The solution is renewable energy. Accessing all forms of green clean energy and having a solution for the end of life products. SolaCycle is one part of Australia's solution to disposal of renewable energy waste matter. We have committed to working with Government, communities, industry, and innovators to convert PV waste matter into a new product.