Question: Because there is always a constant amount of energy in the universe, does that mean that using that energy ourselves we are sucking it out of the planet? If so what effect does that create and can the earth heal itself?
According to the first law of thermodynamics, energy cannot be created or destroyed, only changed from one form to another
On earth, we get (almost) all of our energy from the sun – which is just like a giant nuclear fusion reactor
The energy that arrives on earth as solar radiation, enables plant to photosynthesize which generates biomass for food and for fuel. The coal and oil that we are digging up as fossil fuels, is just biomass from millions of years ago… unfortunately, we are digging up and burning coal, MUCH more quickly than it is being replaced with ‘fresh’ biomass. That is why we think of fossil fuels as a ‘non-renewable’ resource, and why we are aiming to move to a ‘renewable’ energy system, for example using solar PV, wind and hydro -electricity