• Question: If you could go back into the past before we started using fossil fuels, what energy source would you use?

    Asked by phill to Akram, David, Gill, Jack, laurenceharwood on 15 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Jack Snape

      Jack Snape answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      Wow… that is a good question!

      All the other energy sources need some kind of advanced technology to make them efficient enough to use… so assuming we have some moderately advanced technology we could maybe use wind farms (they’re not too different from windmills!!)

      If we had used renewables, like wind turbines or waves power, we might not have produced so much energy so quickly and maybe the population wouldn’t have grown so quickly. The rate of population growth is related to energy produced. So maybe we would be in a situation that is more manageable.

      It’s not nice to think about lots of the world’s population disappearing though.. we’re all here now and we have to look after each other 🙂

    • Photo: Laurence Harwood

      Laurence Harwood answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      I guess, living in the UK, I would use what was used then – water power. However, with greater technincal knowledge I hope we can now do a better job than the old water mills.

    • Photo: Gill Menzies

      Gill Menzies answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      Knowing what we do now, I’d design our buildings differently to be more passive (means they don’t need a heat source – or not as much). Then whatever energy we still needed I’d generate from water, wind, tides etc.

    • Photo: Akram Alomainy

      Akram Alomainy answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      Wind and water power since they were always there 🙂 I love the way you are thinking 😉