INF 103: Computer Literacy
Instructor Ray Schafer
September 17, 2013
Skipping the complicated scientific definitions, green technology is simply any technology that is more efficient and environmentally friendly. Green technology is intended to mitigate or reverse the effects of human activity on the environment. Also the use of green technology and renewable energy is an integral part of the government's agenda today and in the future. Unlike the technological waves in recent decades, “Green Technology is almost entirely materials science based. Relying on the availability of alternative sources of energy, the purpose of this technology is to reduce global warming as well as the greenhouse effect (deepgreenrobot, 2013)”. Green Technologies main objective is to create new ways and new technologies in a way that they do not harm, damage or eliminate our earth’s natural resources. Green Technology also focuses on less harm being done to humans, animals, and plant health. Pollution around the world is effecting our way of life and our planets health every day, with the help of green technology we can reduce pollution and improve on cleaning our planet back toward its original state of health. Today our country and many others, even developing countries are researching and spending billions of dollars on green technology to extend the life of our planet and reduce the effects we are having on it. Now that we have defined green technology and given a basic idea of what it is and the goals of green technology we will go over the future developments of green technology and the purpose in length of this technology and how it will change our planet in a positive way. The purpose of green technology goes beyond just saving resources and money, it effects the longevity of our planet and its health. I want to now break down the purpose of green technology. Sustainably is first and foremost on the minds of any green tech scientist, creating something that meets the needs of society in a clean renewable way that can continue indefinitely without depleting natural resources. For example, wind based power, or wind power plants, they do not use any resources like fossil fuels or bio fuels, or electricity to generate their functionality. Wind based power plants are self-sustaining power created by earth. They have inevitable life span and almost zero cost and maintenance. The second and also important purpose of green technology advancing is Pollution Reduction. Pollution Reduction is the process of reducing the fossil fuel pollution and waste by changing how we create and use our resources. Zehner states in his book “Our Sustainable Future” that through solar power, wind power, hydropower and biomass we can reduce the pollution we create by relying on fossil fuels (Zehner, 2006). He also references that by advancing these technology we can eliminate the extreme need and use petroleum, coal, natural gas, and cement production, which adversely affect our planet (Zehner, 2006). The graph below shows how fossil fuels effect our planet versus renewable sustainable energy.
The above graph shows how much we have increased are carbon footprint and the effects it has had on our planet. The graph you see below shows how we will curve this trend and have already begun to do so. Under the current administration changes have been put in place to substantially change how we fuel and power our country and advancing Green technology will allow this to come to fruition.
The third and final purpose of green technology is innovation. Innovation is the ability to develop alternatives to technologies, whether it be fossil fuels or chemical intensive agriculture that have been demonstrated to damage health and the environment. The funding and time allowed to research and develop green technology will allow us to curve the trend and effects pollution has on our...