When it comes to technology, it can seem like there’s nothing the human species can’t accomplish. After all, we’ve landed on the moon, and that was 50 years ago. Today, we have super computers that fit into our pockets. ‘Nuff said, right? Well, yes and no. Of course, we’ve been able to do many great things our ancestors deemed impossible, and that’s if they could have even imagined some of today’s gadgetry. However, tech can only solve problems that we prioritize solving. So, as you may or may not have heard, global warming is a major problem that has yet to be solved. However, this and many other problems that we tend to ignore can be solved with the necessary hard work and dedication. Here are just a few ways humanity can save the world with technology.
First and foremost, we’re already in the throes of trying to generate less garbage. Garbage tends to simply pile up as plastic, perhaps the most prevalent trash we regularly generate, takes far too long to decay and thus simply piles up. The garbage problem is so bad that there is a man made island of garbage just floating around the ocean. However, companies are now beginning to see that something can be done about this. For one thing, we try to recycle more. The infrastructure just isn’t there for this to be as widely available as garbage disposal, but it’s a start. Many products you buy today are made with recycled materials. It’s far from ideal, but it’s a start, and a positive one at that. Another way to combat the garbage problem is to simply make more sustainable products to begin with. One prominent example is that of Patagonia’s apparel. Not only are they sustainable, but their nature as outdoor apparel incentivises other eco friendly practices such as foraging for wild edibles.
Another way tech can help us combat the problems we’ve created in the environments is simply by giving us an alternative to the fossil fuels and natural gases that are causing the problem to begin with. The most prominent examples today are wind and solar energy, as well as electric cars. These technologies are inferior to our current tech, but that’s only because they haven’t been prioritized until now, and they have also historically been suppressed by people in the fossil fuel industry.