CRUDE OIL – PLANET EARTH CANCER
Early bird catches the rise! After a day off in Lucena working on our video content (soon to be released, watch this space next week), we had an early start around 6:45 am. We pushed our bikes batteries to their limit with the intention of stopping by midway between Lucena and Granada to recharge.
Listen up, here’s what happened: cruising through wonderful olive trees plantation we chose to take an exit from the main highway to Granada, hoping to find a cosy restaurant/bar to have breakfast while we recharged our bikes. Only with 3% left in our batteries, we spotted a nice building at the distance, on top of a hill about 500m away. As we reached the parking entrance, Albert’s battery came to a halt! A quick glance at the parking gate and there was a : oh my God, the gate is closed and the building is empty! Albert gently push the gate that turned out to be unlocked. He found plugs! It occurs that there are more plugs in the world that gas stations…
We had a comfortable day ride reaching the breath-taking Granada’s city, where we spent the afternoon waiting for the sun to set at Mirador San Nicolás, a lookout with unbeatable views of the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada.
We finished our day doing what Albert and I love the most: giving back to our future generations. In a 90 minutes conference at EEAI (Granada’s industrial design school), we discussed with curious students about the impact that design can have in sustainable mobility. However, most of our time was spent explaining why we in Eventure Projects see crude oil as our main enemy.
Cancer could be defined as: a practice or phenomenon perceived to be evil or destructive and hard to contain or eradicate.
Our planet Earth, has large reserves of oil and gas trapped deep beneath its surface. Occasionally, these reserves develop cracks and some of the oil or gas seep out. However, this is a part of nature and rarely causes any major damage.
On the other hand, there are times when the same problem is caused because of human interference and it can provoke a great deal of damage to marine or land ecosystems. In the last thirty odd years, the issue of oil spills and their effects has taken on much importance. This is because when an oil spill occurs, it causes a multitude of problems for the environment and us. The search for crude oil has become increasingly desperate. As easily-accessible sources run dry, more challenging oil springs are being sought out , including ultra-deep wells in the ocean.
An oil spill happens when liquid petroleum is released into the environment by vehicle, vessel or pipeline. It happens on a large scale and is mostly seen in water bodies. It happens due to human negligence and is a major form of pollution. The source of the spill could be many. Crude oil can be released by tankers on land. In water bodies, the spill occurs due to drilling rigs, offshore oil platforms and well. An oil spills and their effects can also be experienced with refined petroleum or even waste oil from large scale industries. What is common in all of them is that the damage caused by them is permanent and takes a long time to clean up.
Further, the regimes and elites that economically benefit from rich energy resources rarely share oil revenues with their people, which worsens economic disparity in the countries and at times creates resource-driven tension and crises.
Burning oil is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions and therefore a major driver of climate change.
The chemical called phenanthrene, is found in crude oil and enters the environment through car engine combustion as well as oil spills. Scientists from the University of Manchester and Stanford University studied the heart cells of pelagic fish, such as tuna and mackerel, that live in the Gulf of Mexico. The team discovered traces of phenanthrene in these cells.
Phenanthrene is known to negatively affect the strength and rhythm of the heart in all vertebrates, including humans.
The origins of the gasoline we burn in our cars has is destructive and seems to be hard to eradicate from our daily lives. We feel confident that the time has come for this to change. Whether is the young kids we met at Lucena’s primary school or the industrial design students we met today, they are all variables of the same equation: they understand our world is in peril and feel passionate to live in a more sustainable way. They count with some tools to do that: electric vehicles and renewable energy.