On our way to becoming more technologically savvy we are paving the road to destruction. Not until a few decades ago did the human beings realise that we need not only good technology but an environmentally friendly one to progress. Since then, there has been an increased awareness about green technologies. Here we introduce you in brief terms to the delights of environmentally friendly technology.
Let us begin by understanding how technology can be environmentally destructive. Nearly 150 years ago, a material that we today know as plastic was invented. Although, a complete magic material at that time, we discuss anything that went wrong with the environment today and several fingers are pointed at plastic. This is an excellent example of technology gone wrong. Although the original plastic could resist several physical factors, it could not be broken down by earth’s processes into smaller particles. This meant that whatever plastic was produced, never degraded but continued to choke earth. A recent invention called the biodegradable plastic is an environmentally friendly material which has all the properties of the environmentally unfriendly plastic but can also be broken down by the action of micro organisms and naturally ceases after a while.
Similarly, we can restructure machines and even factories to give off fewer emissions which gradually contribute to Global Warming. On a far grander scale, engineering changes in the engines of machines including vehicles can make them run on renewable sources of energy like ethanol and water instead of mineral oils. These are just a few example of how technology can be altered to be more environmentally friendly.
Green technology has numerous benefits. It refers to a technology which does the desired work efficiently, without having any repercussions on the environment. It lets us progress without killing the civilization’s future. Although, developing a technology that is environmentally friendly requires a lot of research and initial investment, it will pay off in the long run (and long run here means millions of years!).
When you build a business, you idealise a long term promise in it. You want it to be passed down from generation to generation. However, with the present ‘dog in manger’ technology, we are en route to doom. Fortunately, the situation is not as grim as it looks for we still have the weapon of change in our hands. If the entire earth were to pledge to shift to green technology, we can hope of seeing brighter days.
With green technology, yes we can!