Can Hybrid Cars Stop the War in the Middle East?
You might ask “what’s the relevance?”
Since oil was discovered in the Middle East at the beginning of the 20th century, countless tears and blood have been spilt in its name. Seemingly, Superpowers are continuously racing to get even one more litre oil. No one seems to care about the local lives lost, not even their political leaders.
Alright, so we need oil for our cars, but can’t we get it without the fight?
Thanks to new technology, hybrid car development has grown exponentially. Hybrid cars are less noisy, cleaner, and will become cheaper when we have enough infrastructure. We know that some developed countries like Germany are working on hybrid vehicles and the infrastructure to support them. They are planning to have more hybrids than petrol cars on the road by 2030(1).
So now, is it plausible to think that hybrid car technology will stop the bloodshed in the Middle East? Maybe not, but perhaps it can ease some of the pain. We might even say “yes!” but there is another problem. How do you generate electricity? Water. Even if 70% of the planet is covered in water, only 1% of it is easily accessible.
The Middle East is the most water-scarce region in the world because of the climate, but there are three long rivers: the Tigris, Euphrates, and Nile. These three sustainers of life have been providing water to the region for centuries. They are so essential that their importance is often highlighted in holy books. These rivers direct people’s life, lifestyles, production, consumption, and tastes; in other words, everything about their existence.
As I wrote, as hybrid cars become more popular every year, we will need sources to generate the electricity for them. It’s possible the Middle East will be a region where superpowers will focus on once again. And, as some political specialists say, the scarcity of water there can start a conflict(2).
So, it seems like shortly the new cause of the conflict might be water instead of petrol. Now that’s a scary thought. How can AIESECers step up to the plate and alleviate such tension?
Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar