What About Technology?



Photo credit: Sarah Fields

Given a regenerative perspective on the green design and development field, we frequently find that we need to contextualize the value of technology within a living-systems approach to sustainability. Specifically, when we talk about regenerating living systems, it’s important to clarify that we’re not saying that the use of green technologies is unnecessary—but we are saying (with a lot of conviction) that a technology-based approach alone is insufficient.

One way to think about this is to look at two distinct ways of using technology in a specific place. Each individual place on our planet has a natural system that provides human inhabitants with resources (such as clean water, healthy food, building materials, and energy harvested from the sun or wind) and absorbs their waste (both solid waste and pollution).


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