Technology and the environment are viewed by many as enemies or opposites that don’t go together. However, this view may be faulty. Technology has its pros and cons, but in many ways, it is helping us protect the environment that people believe it is killing. There are many ways in which technology is both good and bad. Let’s have a closer look at why technology is good for the environment.
1. Renewable Energy Solutions
Everyone knows that we are using up the natural resources in the world at a rate that is very dangerous. Scientists and technology companies have been working for decades to invent solutions for our energy source use. Technology has brought us solar panels, wind turbines, nuclear options, and more. These sources will help us reduce and possibly start repairing the damage that we caused over the last several centuries.
2. Environmental Monitoring
Yes, we as humans are responsible for the troubled environment. Our practices have caused damage that may or may not be repaired. Technology can help us to do this. By monitoring the pollution levels around factories and mines and the pH level of the ocean, we can start making changes and prevent further large-scale problems. Drones are also being used for monitoring of wild animals and to help protect rhinos from poaching. Farmers use them to monitor their crops and pick up on potential problems. In terms of monitoring, technology is making it a lot easier to pick up problems or potential problems and do something about it before it becomes a disaster.
3. Smart Homes
Homes are one of the places that we use a lot of energy, especially to cool or heat the home. Smart homes with sensors and technologies that monitor air quality, temperature, etc. and adjusts accordingly, are helping people reduce their carbon footprint. New advancements in building materials and methods are also contributing to reducing energy use and costs in homes and offices. Eco-friendly light bulbs and appliances are also helping to reduce energy use.
4. Reduced Deforestation
We live in a digital age where everything is available on the internet or computers. Businesses are using much less paper for communication and files because everything is done through email or digital documents. People are using less paper which means fewer trees are being cut down which leads to reduced deforestation. Other industries may be influenced negatively by the digital age, but it is helping to protect our trees.
There will always be controversial answers regarding whether technology is good for the environment or not. The bottom line is that we have caused damage to the environment and our only hope to repair some of it and start living better, is through the help of technology. The damage is too much to handle without technology. In this way, the two go together and help each other. Yes, technology also has its negatives like pollution and social effects, but when it comes to the bigger picture of changing our ways, we need technology.