We are living under contradictory processes: a world pushing for more sustainable green standards, on a go back to old codes of living closer to nature and at the same time a revolutionary technology that mark our daily life differently.
Is this incompatible? Is this a contradiction? Is it possible to harmonize both processes and become more and more “green” within a world more and more technologically advanced?
We are definitely prepared to move forward through new innovative technology that makes our life easier however, not to become more green and attached to nature codes that demands the implementation of new habits and maybe, new sacrifices and resignation to comfort.
Walking towards a green technological developed world means, “get naked” from old habits and patterns and enters a new path of living within a new “dress code”.
If you see the picture above you could identify the contrast: a laptop in the middle of a forest, in which wood and trees are the powerful actors and, in a sense, the tech element is the distortion element that searches for a space.
There is not incompatible, although there is a clash if there is not a harmonic adaptation into a holistic strategy of green in all layers of the society.
Going back to old codes as living in the countryside, reducing consumption of water, using pubic transport, buying food daily, not use of plastic, recycling, change our purchasing focus -“buy less, buy better”- etc. are all elements that make up a green way of living. Even if it seems a contradiction in itself: going back to past habits but with the help and boost from a revolutionary technology. Indeed, when we get the essence of the past it doesn’t mean that we are “repeating” or “imitating” but that we get inspired and apply the same criteria although under a cross-cutting technology.
Innovation is what marks the difference from the past; to create new structures a change of minds its paramount to be open and creative.
We need technology to make it happen even if it’s just to campaign for Green, as social media and networking become the way to do so. A change of habits also come from creating trends and fashion around them. People moves through emotions and the feeling of being part of the society and updated to the new trends is an element to take it very seriously at time to generate new codes.
Is it so that the Education system becomes a challenge to address much more complex that the one described by SDG 4 but a driver for new generations around awareness, sensibility and creativity for building a reshaped and adaptive world.
Green Education is not about educating people around green issues but to boost green professionals. Architects, engineers, activists are all professions directly linked with the environment, however a resilient world could only be built by a deeper action. Lawyers, politicians, teachers are also paramount for creating frameworks and spaces of green action and reflection; because a green education is also about “construction “ of creative minds that from any field of work could achieve a goal of innovation and adaptation. Simply… making a real revolution in our Education systems.
Technology at the service of a green planet means the transformation of what seem anachronic tech elements into harmony pillars to become more sustainable.
New lenses for a new innovative green world: mind, soul and…. tech!
*”For Green innovation we need Green Education” https://thesustainabilityreader.com/2017/05/03/for-green-innovation-we-need-green-education/
* “Green community action: the need for innovation. Take the risk”!
*” Do you have a green purchasing mind?”
* “Green surrealism: the challenges ahead…”
* “Green expectations under current green frustrations”