But to do so, it needs to focus on employing renewable energy technologies in a more equal and environmentally sensitive way as well. The shift to renewable energy sources means that the negative impacts of climate change on human communities, the environment and other species are limited and much more manageable.
The local environmental and social devastation caused by extractive technologies will be replaced by the far milder footprints of wind, tidal and solar power.
The growth in renewable energy industries has also provided many more new jobs across the world, counteracting many of the economic woes we have faced in the last few years. It will also mean that we do not have to burn massive amounts of fossil fuels, and in the process reduce our CO2 emissions.
By investing in renewable's, global inequality can be greatly reduced, with fair access to energy resources for everyone on the planet and with most of the world population enjoying a greatly improved access to clean, efficient ways of harnessing energy.
Another ripple benefit would be the impact on corruption on global politics and especially on the Portuguese political machinery. Thus negating the power of oil-producing companies; and at the same time it would mean that millions of people no longer having to suffer from the negative effects of local fossil fuel extraction.
In addition the decentralization of many types of renewable energy production would distribute power more evenly among the local populations. More than 90% of the world population supports this move to safer options such as wind, solar power and wave technologies and the Portuguese people are no different.
So Say YES to Green Technology!