We have come a long way in global pollution awareness since the first Earth Day. In the 1970’s, we were in a disposable and totally oblivious attitude, with the feeling that everything belonged to us and we could use as much as we wanted without any attention to the consequences. Now, countries around the world are not only making decisions, but acting on these with the institution of carbon footprint programs, renewable and sustainable energy programs and pollution awareness. One of the organizations that is helping this process is The International Energy Agency and they are the movers and shakers that are making changes on a global scale.
The IEA has twenty eight member countries and was actually started during the four oil crises situations that occurred in 1973. They play a crucial role in helping countries around the world coordinate collective responses to major disruptions in the supply of oil via the release of emergency oil stocks into the marketplace. While this might have been the initial IEA role, they are now in the center of total global dialogue on the topic of energy; providing unbiased research, authorities, analysis, statistics and recommendations on four main focus areas.
IEA is involved in energy security through the promotion of efficiency, flexibility and diversity with all of the sectors of energy. The economic development arm of the IEA ensures a stable supply of energy to countries that are IEA members and assist in promotion free markets to foster the economic growth as well as eliminating energy poverty. Environmental awareness is top on the IEA list as they work to tackle climate change by the enhancement of knowledge on an international level. Engaging a worldwide base of both member and non-member countries is a major goal, especially within those areas that include major consumers as well as producers and assist in finding solutions to environmental concerns and shared energy processes.
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