There’s a strong technical solution bias – ICT is the new technical fix that will allow us to not change our lifestyles in order to achieve sustainability – and of course that’s hard to say no to, it’s very tempting to believe in such a narrative.
Everything around you is an engineered system – start demanding of the engineers to change things.
The problems of degradation are not just the sole domain of biophysical scientists.
The embodied energy in a disposable battery is fifty times more than the energy that can be extracted from the battery.
The trick is to make a business out of being more sustainable.
If you come back a year later and they’ve got recycling in the office rather than looking at the main process, that’s a sign that they are not really buying it.
You would be very unlikely to win a game of chess without knowing the principled definition of checkmate. Reaching a sustainable society without any idea of the principles that define that situation would also be very unlikely.
I thought the solution should be something to inspire the generation that are coming after us.
Even in a future of scarcity, we still need technology, we just have to design it very differently.
The extravagant users…if they are getting the same utility as the lowest users – having the same sorts of experiences, then why do they need all these things?