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Richard Heinberg: Ecological collapse? There’s no app for that


Even when we question the personal impacts of modern technology, how many of us consider how our dependence on technology might be harming us? Or question the belief that technological advances will save us from our most pressing environmental and societal challenges? Richard Heinberg tackles this thorny issue in this brilliant essay and animation feature.

Technology and Morality in the Age of Climate Change, Overpopulation, and Biodiversity Loss

Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute

Technology has grown with us, side by side, since the dawn of human society. Each time that we’ve turned to Technology to solve a problem or make us more comfortable, we’ve been granted a solution. But it turns out that all of the gifts Technology has bestowed on us have come with costs. And now we are facing some of our biggest challenges—climate change, overpopulation, and biodiversity loss. Naturally, we’ve turned to our longtime friend and ally, Technology, to get us out of this mess. But are we asking too much this time?

VIEW: Full text of Richard Heinberg’s essay with graphs & illustrations  

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