How coal made us rich — and why it needs to go

Aug 23, 2023 | Technology, Videos


Coal has long been a source of power, revolutionizing human prosperity and providing an energy source unlike anything the world had seen before. But there is a cost to this progress, and Asia is now the largest consumer of coal in the world. The documentary “Quitting Coal Addiction” examines how these countries have become so heavily reliant on coal and provides an in-depth look into the ways they can break away from this destructive cycle.

The film looks at how coal, as a cheap and reliable energy source, rapidly spread across Asia, with some nations relying on it for up to 80% of their electricity production. It goes on to explore the environmental damage caused by burning coal – air pollution that leads to health issues for millions of people and damaging climate change effects across the region.

But it isn’t all doom and gloom – solutions exist for Asian countries to reduce their dependence on coal-based electricity production. “Quitting Coal Addiction” explores renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydroelectricity and geothermal energy that are becoming increasingly popular options for countries looking to reduce their carbon footprint while still meeting energy demand.

The film also looks into other strategies used by countries like China and India who have already seen successes in reducing reliance on coal power plants. This includes implementing stricter emission standards on existing plants, increasing the use of natural gas instead of coal, investing in new nuclear power plants, and improving efficiency through better planning in urban areas.

By watching “Quitting Coal Addiction” you will gain insight into not only why Asian countries have become so heavily reliant on this dirty fuel but also learn practical solutions being implemented today that can help move away from its use towards a more sustainable future. While there is still much work ahead we hope this documentary inspires viewers to take action to create a better future for everyone.

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