Technology – The Important Role in our Sustainable Future

This topic has been bugging me for a while now so here is what I think. Our sustainable future will be relying on technology that we as humankind choose to invest in that we believe can save our planet. Not everyone has realized hat yet but technology is what we are good at so we need to find a way how to use it to secure our future.

That is why we need to use it more and encourage all sorts of investment that helps to promote the use of technology related to sustainability. We do not need faster cars, more flashy phones or the latest fashion accessory using high tech but we need to look to the following technology fields to make continuous progress if we are to move towards a more sustainable future.

Technology fields of importance (Wikipedia links for more information):

  1. Food Production: How can we feed everyone in a more sustainable way and avoid the injustice that millions people are dying of hunger on our planet?
  2. Transportation: How do we solve our current transportation dilemma?
  3. Environmental Technologies: Technology will be a key to minimizing our externalities as we only have one planet to use so environmental technologies need to be a focus.
  4. Renewable Energy: This is the only way forward lets not waste our time with Nuclear Energy
  5. Energy Storage: Once we invest more in renewable energy energy storage can be the key to avoiding energy peaks and lowering the costs of energy long term
  6. Collaboration & Communication: Communication is key to collaboration and collaboration is essential for our sustainable future. So lets use and embrace modern communication

Technology will help us to make progress on our path to a sustainable future but we need to remember one thing before everything in my opinion. We need to be very selective which technology to choose in the next few years. We only have one shot or maybe two at the most to get it right.
So let’s start with working together to promote the use of technology for our sustainable future.

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  1. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is doing just that. They are researching ways in which we can reduce our impact on the environment while increasing our operational profits and organisational well being.

    You mention the lack of need for innovation in cars (OK not quite, you mentioned faster cars) however RMI have already made a huge impact through light weighting cars while ensuring increased safety. This has vastly reduced carbon emissions and prepared designs efficient enough to use electricity and other alternative fuels.

    Their work in farming has had a large impact on reducing chemical additives to the soil, reducing the need for excessive water and power while ensuring increased yields particularly in areas where access to power and water are limited.

    I agree with you about communication. New social media platforms such as socMe take a holistic and sustainable view to communications ensuring that the social media strategy fits the organisations unique business rules and objectives, integrating all aspects of the organisation. This, like any sustainable approach cuts waste and ensures relevant and consistent use of resources.

  2. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is doing just that. They are researching ways in which we can reduce our impact on the environment while increasing our operational profits and organisational well being.

    You mention the lack of need for innovation in cars (OK not quite, you mentioned faster cars) however RMI have already made a huge impact through light weighting cars while ensuring increased safety. This has vastly reduced carbon emissions and prepared designs efficient enough to use electricity and other alternative fuels.

    Their work in farming has had a large impact on reducing chemical additives to the soil, reducing the need for excessive water and power while ensuring increased yields particularly in areas where access to power and water are limited.

    I agree with you about communication. New social media platforms such as socMe take a holistic and sustainable view to communications ensuring that the social media strategy fits the organisations unique business rules and objectives, integrating all aspects of the organisation. This, like any sustainable approach cuts waste and ensures relevant and consistent use of resources.

  3. Good points. From my point of view….people rail about fuel- consuming unnecessarily big SUVs. I don’t.

    I rail against the USE of them. Example. If I were lost in a desert and needed rescuing I would be so happy for a gas-guzzling Humvee – safe, well-equipped, powerful, etc to get me out of there. Regardless of my green-ness I would not like a guy on an electric powered scooter to be coming out for me.

    On the other hand, if I am at a café down-town and want to meet a friend the scooter is OK. Not the Humvee. The difference is not in the technology but in its USE.

    And use of technology …. that is behaviour of people and systems
    http://www.slideshare.net/stephenhinton/sustainab

  4. Good points. From my point of view….people rail about fuel- consuming unnecessarily big SUVs. I don’t.

    I rail against the USE of them. Example. If I were lost in a desert and needed rescuing I would be so happy for a gas-guzzling Humvee – safe, well-equipped, powerful, etc to get me out of there. Regardless of my green-ness I would not like a guy on an electric powered scooter to be coming out for me.

    On the other hand, if I am at a café down-town and want to meet a friend the scooter is OK. Not the Humvee. The difference is not in the technology but in its USE.

    And use of technology …. that is behaviour of people and systems
    http://www.slideshare.net/stephenhinton/sustainab

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