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Why African Nations Are Embracing Green Energy and Technology?

African Nations Understand Green Energy Will Free Them From Debt and Theft of Resources as The Sahel, West Africa, East Africa, and South African Nations Awaken to Be World Powers!

Art By Akiri Jones

Green energy is any energy type that is generated from natural resources, such as sunlight, wind or water. It often comes from renewable energy sources although there are some differences between renewable and green energy the key with these energy resources are that they are inexpensive to generate, less costly or free over time to the consumer and don’t harm the environment through factors such as releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Generating energy that produces no greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and reduces some types of air pollution helps the agriculture of a nation. Diversifying energy supply and reducing dependence on imported fuels decreases the national debt and expands the GDP or national overall profit. Creating economic development and jobs in manufacturing, installation, modernizing housing expanding telecommunications and access to travel, education and more.

Green infrastructure can be a cost-effective approach for African nations to improve water access and quality and help communities stretch their infrastructure investments such as farming, trades and medical education further by providing multiple environmental, economic and community benefits also known as the triple bottom line. Decision makers commonly use cost comparison as a method to determine whether to install gray or green infrastructure. The two basic approaches to perform a cost comparison analysis address the following:

  1. Only initial construction costs.

  2. Life cycle costs, including planning, design, installation, operation and maintenance, and replacement. 

  3. Analyzing cost alone ignores the difference in performance between green infrastructure and gray infrastructure. As a result, they provide an incomplete basis for decision-making.

  4. In areas of City Planning and Transportation green buildings can save between 25%-50% energy, 10%-40% in water consumption, and reduce maintenance costs by about 12%. These savings can lead to a return on investment of up to 40% over a building's lifetime.

The idea behind a green transportation infrastructure is one that provides opportunities for people to get around their communities using their own power -- such as walking or biking -- or by other more environmentally sensitive means, like trains or buses. “A truly green infrastructure is one that residents enjoy, provides durable and inexpensive mobility and addresses the underlying conditions from which our energy crises arise,” says Ozzie Zehner, a scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and author of the upcoming book "Green Illusions".

As briefly explained, the path to sustainability for African nations is not mainly through sustainable cities, but also sustainable agriculture and energy options and Africa has yet to urbanize. In fact, that is a blessing because only about 44% of Africa was urbanized in 2021old structures did not need to be taken down before city planners could begin with innovative 21st century building plans. This number is expected to jump up to 56% by 2050. However, until African nations can own and control their own resource without foreign intervention or attack from other nations whose leaders are puppets of foreign interests there will remain a lack of built-up areas and squatter settlements in poor areas and with the least urban infrastructure.

It is the duty of African leaders to finally put ALL the people of their nation first and not become fools embroiled in tribal greed and scrambles for the crumbs that the Mzungu leaves for them to pick at like dogs under the dinner table. Africa should be thinking bigger, they have all the resources they need, and they have the intellectual ability within their large youth populations. Most African nations educate their best and brightest in foreign nations instead of upgrading their own Universities and Schools this is a pathway akin to sending your warriors to the opposing army to fight you! Green infrastructure requires engineers, architects scientists and tradesmen as well as businessmen, accountants and attorneys! It is cheaper to hire a Western Professor to teach dozens at your school than send a single student to learn in the West.

Green buildings are built structures that are environmentally and culturally responsive, aesthetical, and high-performance throughout the building lifecycle from design and construction to operation and demolition. This does not necessarily imply that they ought to be the most expensive but it does mean that these well made smart structures with fancy appliances that are locally sourced supporting African industry are a symbol of national pride and ingenuity no one wants to invest in mediocrity. Yet the benefits to the community can also be as simple as intentionally incorporating local materials, environmentally responsive building techniques, educating youth with trade skills such as electricians, plumbers, welders, carpenters, iron workers and graphic, computer and multiple green based technologies. Green involves innovation not necessarily imitation. Be uniquely you and find success expressing the soul of your nation.


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