What Is Earth Day?
Earth Day is a yearly event celebrated on April 22. Globally various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The Earth Day gives an opportunity for everyone to express gratitude to planet Earth.
Technology As Doubled Edged Sword
Technology has both its favorable and unfavorable conventions. In order to conserve energy the one essential element needed to accelerate action for earth day is use of technology not abuse of it. Many of the technologies we use every day consume a lot more resources and power than they need to. Here are a few of the ways that technology can harm the environment:
Producing and using technology causes air, water, heat and noise pollution.
Excess travel and use of gadgets, using non-renewable sources such as coal, are consumed. Even some renewable resources, like trees and water, are becoming contaminated.
Manufacturing technology creates large amounts of waste, used phones, computers, batteries, ships and electronics are thrown out when they are outdated. This is called “techno trash,” these electronics contain all sorts of dangerous materials unsafe for the environment.
The U.S. exports 50 to 80% of its e-waste to poor Asian countries for “recycling.” Perhaps it sounds like a positive mechanism, but the word “recycling” contradicts the devastating environmental impacts of international waste dumping. A 2002 report by the Basel Action Network and the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition produced a critique of how the U.S. deals with its techno trash. The U.S. has refused to ratify the 1989 Basel Convention, which prohibits exporting toxic waste. If techno trash doesn’t make its way to Asia it ends up in local landfills, where it poses risks to the surrounding communities.
Clearance of land where animals used to inhabit for building Industries and allowing pollution to contaminate the food chain can critically affect the environment’s natural cycles.
Smart Use of Technology
Companies that make protecting the environment a priority and use more energy-efficient and less hazardous electronics must be supported. Individual can also do their own part to reduce environmental impact by not being wasteful.
We have to make efforts about care of the planet not only once a year, but also every day. Our future, also as future of our descendants, depends on it
Let’s educate among our self about the importance of Earth Day. Let’s take an effort to reduce the amount of wastage at our home, let’s try to use our Bicycles rather than bikes, Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) instead of common bulbs as they are more durable and use two-third less energy which will reduce the use of electricity and greenhouse gases emissions.
Genetically engineered organisms are used to treat industrial waste, wastewater, polluted soil, and petroleum spills. Bioremediation treats about 5-10 percent of all toxic chemicals and other hazardous waste; has successfully treated oil, gasoline, toluene, naphthalene, pentachlorophenol (a fungicide and wood preservative), and agricultural waste; and used in more than 30 munitions test areas across the U.S. Bioremediation is also cost-effective. Traditional cleanup technologies come in removing and disposing off contaminated soil, water, or other materials. Bioremediation requires only delivering the bacteria to the site, thus reducing post-cleanup costs.
These benefits must balance against what some critics view as potentially large drawbacks. One concern is that bioremediation may stop contamination rather than just become a remedy. Besides, potential risks exist in adding genetically altered organisms to the environment, or even redistributing naturally occurring ones.
The Information Revolution
The revolution in information technology ensures economic changes almost as great as those of the industrial revolution. Digital data storage, manipulation, and communication may not appear to have environmental implications, but research suggest otherwise. High-speed, high-bandwidth connectivity between our homes and offices may allow us to telecommute.
Online shopping replaces visits to the mall or takes place in addition to trips to the dentist and dry cleaners (trips that might have been combined with trips to the mall) will also shape the Internet’s impact on auto travel. Packaging of e-commerce goods for shipping may be more materials- and energy-intensive than store-bought goods. Some controversial studies have even suggested that growth in demand for electricity, driven by new kinds of customers such as computer server warehouses, may have helped overload the electrical grid in northern California. Lastly, in the case of international resource management, remote sensing from space-based satellites may make it easier to monitor environmental compliance across countries.
Virtual Reality: Environmental Awareness and Empowerment of People
Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) experience raise awareness, drive positive impact for lasting change on our environmental issues. VR is a powerful empathy tool that has proven through research to effectively expose users to new perspectives and therefore impact future decision-making.
Earthx2019 Expo -the world’s largest Earth Day celebration- held in Dallas, TX between April 26 and April 28, will have over 40 immersive experiences as part of their EarthxInteractive portion of the festival , including AR and VR experiences created to educate audiences, raise awareness, and drive positive impact and lasting change on our environmental issues. It will also use other forms of creative technology such as interactive walls, virtual visualization, and immersive viewing platforms in hopes of educating people on what is happening to our planet by delivering a memorable stroke right to empathy zone. Moreover in researchers have found that VR technology would reduce usage of paper and thus contribute to less cutting of trees.
For more radical steps towards the prevention of global warming- VR and AR is expected to take it to global activism; this includes everything from protecting endangered species and ecosystems, joining anti-poaching efforts to end whale hunts, exploring outer space with NASA, rescuing a baby elephant, helping with ocean cleanups, and so much more.
Economic Incentives and Technological Innovation
Realizing the environmental promise of new technologies-that is, exploiting the beneficial side of technology’s dual nature-depends in part on “getting the prices right.” New technology will be better positioned to reduce environmental costs if these costs are internalized. For pollution of water quality and waste this mechanism can be used. For instance, if automobile prices reflected all the environmental costs emissions, auto makers would have stronger incentives to use new pollution control technologies in new vehicle models.
The “social costing” approach like tradable pollution permits-such as for sulfur dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants-have created financial incentives for electricity generators to adopt cleaner production processes. These market-based tactics can be more cost-effective than traditional emissions limits or technology standards, because corporations that can reduce emissions most cheaply cut them more than they otherwise would-and then sell their excess permits to firms that cannot. At the same time, the market-based approaches induce innovations by putting a price on emissions and can reward for reductions.
New technology and its effects on earth has undeniably been complex. Technology will always be a double-edged sword, but responsible use of new economic approaches to environmental management should help blunt its destructive edge and sharpen its capacity for good.