For the past 10 years global warming has become an increased issue throughout the world. With the help of advances in green technology our world can slowly reach towards becoming not only healthier and more live able it also will help diminish global warming as we know it. Whether at home, in our workplace or at school we all can do our part in ensuring that this will happen. Scientist and the government have made it possible to use many green technologies to aid us in the process. Green technology is said to become one of the biggest movements that there is. Even with being off to a slow start, many see that there are forward advancements made during the process. Some of these technologies are; recycling, water purification, renewable energy and solid waste management just to name a few. Green Technology is the future of our society.
What is Green Technology? Green technology is the application of the environmental science and green chemistry to conserve the natural environment and resources, and to curb the negative impacts of human involvement. (http://www.wikipedia.org) The goals of green technology are: (http://www.green-technology.org/what.htm) * 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. * "Cradle to cradle" design - ending the "cradle to grave" cycle of manufactured products, by creating products that can be fully reclaimed or re-used. * Source reduction - reducing waste and pollution by changing patterns of production and consumption. * Innovation - developing alternatives to technologies - whether fossil fuel or chemical intensive agriculture - that have been demonstrated to damage health and the environment. * 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. Though these are the four major goals to green technology, one of the primary goals of the United States is that we are able to preserve natural resources. By doing so people will see a major change in the world pollution, status and overall wellbeing. There are many types of green technology but below are four major types:
* Energy: a supply or source of electrical, mechanical, or other form of power * Building: a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. * Preferred purchasing: the use of a variety of techniques that enable a consumer to fund products and a manufacturer to find methods of production that have the least negative impact to the environment. General conduct of environmentally preferred purchases will prompt producers and sellers to shift to the green side of the market. * Chemistry: Green chemistry is the application of chemical products that eliminates harm to the environment. * Nanotechnology: the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale.
The United States is one of world’s largest producers of trash. Trash is calculated out to be 1,609 pounds of trash per person, per year. Recycling is a green technology that takes old materials to make new products. Since recycling opened its doors in 1896 more and more households have taken to the trend to recycle, even though the U.S. only recycles 28 percent of its waste. From 1980-2005, the amount of waste increased 60 percent. From 2007 to 2009, the amount of waste decreased from 255 million tons to 243 million tons. (EPA, 2009) Though still a lot of waste we are on our way to a new recycle trend. Not only does recycling help...
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