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68% globally favor solar, dwarfing fossil fuels at 14%. Is a solar revolution imminent as the world seeks common ground in renewable energy?

A recent global survey reveals a soaring preference for solar energy, with more than two-thirds of the global population supporting this renewable energy source, a figure that quintuples the public backing for fossil fuels. The study, orchestrated by Glocalities in partnership with Global Citizen and The Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, relied on the insights gathered from over 21,000 individuals across 21 nations from January to June.

Solar power emerged as the favored energy source, securing 68% approval, followed by wind energy at 54%, hydropower at 35%, and nuclear energy at 24%. The support for fossil fuels lingered at a mere 14%. 

This trend of robust endorsement for renewable energy sources echoes in both Europe and the United States, with recent polls indicating a strong inclination towards massive investments in wind and solar power.

According to Reuters,

In the U.S., solar energy enjoys a 58% approval rate, significantly outpacing the global average, and leaving fossil fuels trailing with a 24% preference. Despite this substantial public backing for renewables, fossil fuels dominated the energy sector, accounting for 77% of the global energy consumption in 2022, as noted by Michael Sheldrick, Co-Founder and Chief Policy, Impact and Government Affairs Officer at Global Citizen.

Sheldrick highlighted a troubling "production gap," stating, "This 'production gap' highlights a concerning paradox: despite strong public support for renewable energy, fossil fuel production remains prevalent." He emphasized that solar power stands as a unifying force, transcending political and demographic divides.

"Regardless of demographic or political affiliation, Democrat or Republican, solar power emerges as the world's preferred energy source...(which) indicates that there exists a common ground where political agendas can align with the clear demands of citizens," he added.

Despite a record surge in renewable energy growth, fossil fuels continue to hold a firm grip on the energy sector, a scenario that experts warn undermines the global efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement's target to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

As the world grapples with this energy paradox, the consensus leans heavily towards a greener future powered by solar energy, signaling a potential shift in the global energy landscape in the coming years.

Samira is an Electronics and Communications Engineer by profession, but deep inside, her heart is a nomad! She's a state champion debater, a public speaker, a scriptwriter, a theatre actress, but most importantly — A GREEN CITIZEN! She thinks of herself as a storyteller who thrives on enjoying the life at fullest and telling everyone the tales of life.

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