Royce Olen Johnson
Erteza A. Abdullah
November 11, 2012
The term "technology" refers to the application of knowledge for practical purposes. The field of "green technology" encompasses a continuously evolving group of methods and materials, from techniques for generating energy to non-toxic cleaning products. The present expectation is that this field will bring innovation and changes in daily life of similar magnitude to the "information technology" explosion over the last two decades. In these early stages, it is impossible to predict what "green technology" may eventually encompass.
The Keys to Success
Sustainability - meeting the needs of society in ways that can continue indefinitely into the future without damaging or depleting natural resources. In short, meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. As resources become less available recycling and reusing becomes more needed. This is a vital key to becoming sustainable of our own resources.
"Cradle to cradle" design - ending the "cradle to grave" cycle of manufactured products, by creating products that can be fully reclaimed or re-used. Landfills are overflowing today as we have become a society that is wasteful. We see this all the time as we finish with what we are using and toss away. Bio-degradable material will help with this reduction.
Source reduction - reducing waste and pollution by changing patterns of production and consumption. Reducing waste will make our world a cleaner place and the air we breathe cleaner as well. This will make humans healthier and able live longer.
Innovation - developing alternatives to technologies - whether fossil fuel or chemical intensive agriculture - that have been demonstrated to damage health and the environment. Natural resources provide some of the more healthiest food we eat. No chemicals added or needed. The term organic has become popular with parents trying to keep their young children healthy
Viability - creating a center of economic activity around technologies and products that benefit the environment, speeding their implementation and creating new careers that truly protect the planet.
Examples of Green Technology
Perhaps the most urgent issue for green technology, this includes the development of alternative fuels, new means of generating energy and energy efficiency. As oil prices continue to rise, the re-emergence of the small more fuel efficient car has made a comeback. People are trading in the comfort of the SUV to more miles and less cost of fuel.