Technology for the Environment is our tagline at EcoGeek, but what does that mean? There are a variety of technologies that we look at, but in terms of saving the world, in the long run, what scenarios are going to have the greatest impact?
Is it big tidal-powered electrical generation systems or is it LED lights in the house? Is it fewer jet aircraft and more airships? Which ones will be seen as the Betamaxes of green technology 20 years from now?
A short new essay by Jamais Cascio titled Green Tomorrows: The Scenarios examines the different approaches and formulations for a greener future. Different scenarios arise depending on "Who Makes the Rules?" and "How Do We Use the Technology?" and each of the four combinations is briefly examined.
We see the benefits in most of these approaches, though the "Power Green" scenario is potentially troubling. However, it is not necessary to look at choosing one of these scenarios over another. For that matter, it is most likely that aspects of each of these scenarios are likely to be a part of our future. Social pressures and political forces will help to determine how much of it comes from top-down direction, as opposed to more distributed, bottom-up solutions, but contributions will need to come from all directions.
We should not be looking at these as either/or scenarios, any more than we should be thinking that way about whether hydrogen or biofuel is going to be replacing gasoline in our automobiles. All of these approaches will need to be incorporated into a greener future, just as multiple systems need to be added to our energy choices. There is no one right solution.
via: Beyond the Beyond
written by Diana Moneymaker, December 05, 2007
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