For this episode, we interviewed Marcus Goddard, VP Intelligence at Netexplo. We discussed how technology can be repurposed for sustainability. The civilisations and technologies we have built have unbalanced our ecosystems. This raises the question:
What is all this technology for? Are we using it for the best purposes?
Indeed, technology could be an excellent tool to achieve environmental sustainability. In this episode, Marcus talked about three main scenarios through which technology and environmental sustainability could converge.
The first scenario is called scientific salvation. It is based on the idea that science and innovation will bring us a solution. Through technologies like climeworks, which capture CO2 from the atmosphere, we can solve the climate crisis. This scenario is comfortable and it does not disrupt our current models of production.
The second scenario is called Under the Influence. It is based on the idea that technology can be used to convert individuals to sustainability goals. Through technologies like Almond, calculating your carbon footprint, we can change the behaviour of people to solve the climate crisis. This scenario could impact individual freedom.
The third scenario is called Ground Rules. It is based on the idea that technology can enable us to gain local knowledge for global goals from the ground up. Through technologies like, Land life, which analyses soil and the environment, a plan can be created to restore the ecosystem.