By Jock Finlayson
and Denise Mullen
Business Council of B.C.
We all go to the store to purchase things – groceries, clothing, tools or the latest electronic gadget. During the global pandemic, an increasing share of shopping has shifted online. A few clicks and an item soon arrives at our doorstep.
We also often demand and receive services like education and medical care remotely these days. And natural gas and electricity almost invisibly are delivered through pipes and lines to heat and power our homes.
However, we rarely ask where these goods and services ultimately come from, nor do we typically think about the raw materials used to make or provide them.
In the end, a large share of what people consume is sourced from something that’s grown from or exists on the Earth, which is then harvested, mined, processed, transformed and transported to the final user.
Making and shipping things requires energy, usually significant amounts of highly dense, portable, flexible and reliable fuels.