It is easy to lament that modern technology is destroying the environment. Indeed, many modern conveniences come only at the expense of nature. Yet not all innovations are bad for the environment and things like conference call systems and wind farms are actually good for the planet.
In the future it seems that technology will become more and more of a friend to the environment. Governments and companies are investing huge amounts of money in green firms. In fact, many countries responded to the economic downturn by pumping money into companies that will help us live more sustainably. This kind of investment is necessary to carry these new programmes forward –technology costs a lot to develop, and sadly sustainable programmes don’t initially show a great deal of profitability. Thankfully, governments are willing to bankroll them and push them onto the market.
There are literally thousands of great technological innovations that have helped the environment in recent years. Some are very obviously good for the environments such as wind farms and city-wide bike systems managed by computer servers. Others are less so, yet still as important. Take conference calls for instance: great telecommunication advances have made them a viable alternative to meetings for many companies, this has allowed businesses to significantly cut the amount of travelling they do, thus helping to lower global emissions rates.
It is easy to see technology as the enemy in the battle to preserve our environment. Sometimes this is the case as uncontrolled innovation often leads to items which produce nothing but wealth. Nonetheless, there are hundreds of companies out there working to make the world a better place and doing so through state of the art science and technology. This gives great hope for the future; after all there is no telling what will be discovered in the coming years. Perhaps, they will find a way to curb emissions or generate power without fossil fuels. With innovation on the side of environmentalism, there is no telling what will be accomplished.