posted on Dec, 4 2007 @ 10:08 AM
It has been years now that I have been interested in alternative energy and other forms of sustainable systems. From my first introduction to these
alternatives I was captivated as they are not only effective but in many ways magical in their simplicity.
As a professional landscape architect I deal with development across many scales everyday. I see first hand what human’s interventions on the planet
are capable of, both positive and negative.
Considering why we as a people continue to procrastinate our switch from “brute force technology” to forms of technology that both effectively
fill our needs and erase our impacts on our planet, I am always reminded of an article I read on the topic of “Democratizing Technology”.
The idea is this, technologies such as Photovoltaic Solar Panels in a closed system (that is a system that uses high end batteries for power storage)
breaks down the current system of control in several ways. If people en masse were to switch to such systems those who produce power and those who
transmit it loose their connection to those homes / businesses / what ever…
To me it always seemed rather benign but the more I study and the more I see lead me to consider more sinister motivations behind the continued
stonewalling of the advancement of human technology.
It goes beyond high technology forms such as those that produce power also includes “traditional ecologic knowledge” that can also be applied to
human systems to improve quality, efficiency, reduce impacts on natural systems, and restore self-reliance at the community level.
The bottom line is this, there exists, in large proportions, technologies that would not only advance our current systems but also improve our quality
of life through empowering people, reducing negative impacts on the environment, and advancing the sophistication of our conceived systems. I firmly
believe that the establishment’s refusal to allow these technologies to become mainstream goes far beyond greed for money; I also believe it has a
lot to do with power.
Our dependence on the systems in place today makes us weak. Did you know that on average any given town or city has enough food to feed the population
for only 3 days? If transportation was to break down for any reason there would be lots of hungry kids, or lots of kids eating “lawn pork”. This
is an example that can be applied to so many of the things we take for granted—electricity, water, garbage removal, on and on.
These systems we live within do not change for a reason—control. So many of the theories surrounding the advancement of technology and design also
contribute to the empowerment of people and empowerment is something the corporation and government do not want to see.
I believe that working collectively toward the development and integration of such technologies into our world and lives is paramount in our quest to
free ourselves from subjugation. Why leave so many of the important issues that affect our lives in the hands of the corporate elite? Why accept
inferior systems that not only leave us dependant, thus disempowered, but also directly cause us harm? The advancement of “Green Technology” has
been given such a bad rap because they (the elite) fear the effects of such evolution.
While I know that there is many sides to the issue I raise I feel that I have done my best to avoid falling into any ideological slippery slope. Yes I
am an environmentalist, though I like to think that I am not a wacko. I studied Political Science, Ecology, Sociology, and Landscape Architecture
because I have a profound love for humans and for the natural world. I am not one of those who thinks humans must be separated from the natural world
because we are dirty and evil little monkeys throwing our # all over the forest. Quite the contrary, I am one who believes that Humans ARE Nature. I
see no reason why we cannot advance our technology to not only highly evolved levels in comparison to today’s
[edit on 4-12-2007 by Animal]