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Global Energy Independence Day was established to encourage more people around the world to promote and use alternative sources of energy, including solar, wind, and geothermal, as well as other technologies still in the development stages.

History of Global Energy Independence Day

While this event is fairly recent, its background can be traced back to the early 20th century, when Nikola Tesla, the famous Serbian-American inventor, generated revolutionary ideas about sources of renewable energy that were far ahead of his time.

The term ‘energy independence’ is a bit more recent, dating back to the 1970s when the United States was struggling with an oil crisis due to issues with political relationships in the Middle East.

The inaugural celebration of Global Energy Independence Day took place in 2005. It was founded by Michael D. Antonovich, a promoter of green energy from Los Angeles, California.

The event is scheduled to take place each year on this day as a nod to Nikola Tesla, celebrated on his birthday.

From a political standpoint, many people believe that building toward a future of energy independence is helpful as it reduces the need to buy energy from foreign sources while increasing a nation’s stability, economic growth, and political freedoms.

A more local perspective means that the principles of energy independence can be applied to businesses, farms, neighborhoods, and individual homes.

This means less need to rely on outside sources for energy while working toward environmental sustainability.

While some may believe that ‘energy security’ is a more viable goal for companies and nations alike, the purpose of Global Energy Independence Day is to encourage people and groups to think about how they use their energy and work toward implementing options for better, more efficient, local, and sustainable sources.

How to Celebrate Global Energy Independence Day

Get on board with celebrating Global Energy Independence Day by implementing some of these ideas to start with:

Use Alternative Energy Sources

Individuals, communities, companies, and governments are all invited to celebrate Global Energy Independence Day by learning more about and implementing alternative energy options.

From installing solar panels on an individual home to committing to providing wind energy to entire communities, every little step toward energy independence is a significant one!

Learn Important Facts About Energy

Kids and adults alike can get involved with Global Energy Independence Day by learning a bit more about the topic and sharing it with others.

Teachers or homeschool parents can create lessons around the topic of energy, building a more informed society for today as well as the future. Check out some of these to get started:

  • Geothermal energy is considered a sustainable, clean source that comes from the hot water and hot rock that sits below the earth’s surface or may even go deeper into molten, magma rock
  • About 40% of all energy is used for electricity in homes, buildings, shopping centers, streets, factories and other places
  • Renewable energy must come from sources that are never-ending, such as wind, solar and geothermal – but most electricity comes from non-renewable sources such as gas, oil, coal and others

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