TED Conversations

This conversation is closed.

Would you rather want economical improvements or environmental protection? Or both?

So far, I have believed in the saying that "Modern technology owes ecology an apology." Somehow, we humans have abused our use of Mother Earth in our thirst for easier lives, riches and power. And I just think, along with our need to improve human lives, we have to double think: our benefits and Mother Earth's as well.

Just wanted to engage in new ideas. :)


Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    May 31 2013: both, of course. i know it's not easy to have both, but i think it's feasible.

    as for technology, we are the ones who created it and we are the ones using it, most of the time with no regards to present or future consequences.

    i think the question we should ask ourselves is: what do we really need to improve human lives? and we should start wit our own lives. for instance, do i need Google Glass or maybe i just need to read more books? do i need another car or some friends?
    • May 31 2013: you made an awesome point with your last paragraph :) made me reflect.
    • thumb
      May 31 2013: Questions First and Cheyenne,
      I wholeheartedly agree....we can have both. With new thinking, evaluation, and paradigm shifts, we can seriously decide what we want, and what we need as individuals, and as a global community.
      • Jun 1 2013: that's good to hear that you want a win-win situation, miss steen. :)
        • thumb
          Jun 1 2013: I think/feel it is ABSOLUTELY possible Cheyenne:>)

          As thinking, feeling, intelligent humans, we have the ability to continue with economical improvements AND be aware of our environment. We call ourselves the most intelligent of animals...........we need to use that intelligence for more than personal, financial gain:>)
        • thumb
          Jun 1 2013: Cheyenne,
          In my opinion, your topic has nothing to do with family courts, which Don Wesley likes to keep bringing into discussions regardless of the topic. I will clarify what I'm talking about regarding win-win in conjunction with the topic..."economical improvements or environmental protection? Or both?"

          I have served on local and regional planning commissions, development review boards, project review boards and transportation advisory committee for about 15 years. I observe the town and regional plans are improving, as we structure them in an effort to make it more clear that we want to encourage development that protects and benefits the earth.

          We used to see projects submitted that had absolutely NO plan to protect wetlands for example, whereas now we see the protection of wetlands incorporated into the plan. We are now seeing and encouraging permeable sidewalks, driveways and parking lots, rain gardens and more landscaping with the protection of the environment in mind.

          These kinds of improvements are win-win situations whereby we can have sustainable growth, which provides for, and encourages economical improvements AND environmental protection.....win/win:>)

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.