TED talk that I like very much
I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use our natural resources, but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.
The technological advances needed to stabilize carbon-dioxide emissions may be greater than we think
Putting the “invisible hand” to work for nature could reshape the values of capitalism.
“As the first global experiment in this premise, REDDs will attempt to weave nature’s services into the fabric of a capitalist economy, and in so doing will test whether markets can begin to drive the protection of Earth’s resources, rather than their exploitation.”
The solution lies in transformational technologies… The bottom line is that none of the candidates focus adequately on climate change, for this will be one of humanity’s great tests in the coming decades — and so far we’re failing.
“Thanks to its exponential power, only technology possesses the scale to address the major challenges — such as energy and the environment, disease and poverty — confronting society.”
Zhang envisions that one day people will be able to go to their local grocery store and buy packets of solid starch or cellulose and pack it into the gas tank of their fuel-cell car. Then it’s a pollution-free drive to their destination — cheaper, cleaner, and more efficiently than even the most fuel-stingy gasoline-based car.
I refuse to believe that I am part of a lost Generation
Such prosperity as we have known it up to the present is the consequence of rapidly spending the planet’s irreplaceable capital.
“Even with a cutback in wasteful energy spending, our current technologies cannot support both a decline in carbon dioxide emissions and an expanding global economy. If we try to restrain emissions without a fundamentally new set of technologies, we will end up stifling economic growth, including the development prospects for billions of people.”