Technological invention and revolution have undeniably made tremendous contributions to the development of society and improvements in all aspects of people’s lives around the globe. In spite of its invaluable progress over the decades, there are doubtful benefits of technology for it is argued to bring unwanted and expensive environmental disruptions. The issue as to whether having a simpler life and fewer demands or making the best use of cutting-edge technologies is the possible way to solve these matters remains controversial.
Some people think maintaining a humble, simple life will help place fewer demands and pressures on the sources of living such as air, water, soil, forests and natural resources.
The reason for this outlook is that the fewer needs for convenient, comfortable, and even luxurious lifestyles, the smaller chances these resources to be exploited by human beings with the great help of technology. For example, to accommodate the needs of people in keeping up with the latest trend, textile and garment industries have used up tons of litres of water yearly for the fabric dying process to produce fashionable clothing.
Besides, the shocking aspect of this industrial evolution is that thousands of tons of unused clothes and materials have been discharged into the environment because of constant seasonal and annual changes in people’s lifestyles and demands. Therefore, it is believed that the possible solution to this disappointing phenomenon is to encourage people’s control of and reduction in the excessive and unnecessary demands in everyday life activities with the aim of minimising the burdens on natural resources, and long-term technological impacts on the environment.
The governments, scientists and environmentalists around the world can share joint responsibilities in responding and tackling the environmental issues caused by severe consequences of technological development. In fact, more and more researches and studies have been carried out on ways to economise on natural resources and make the full use of alternative renewable and clean resources, for instance, electricity generated from solar, wind and water energy.
As people cannot always live in the past and evolvement is unavoidable, instead of escaping all these undesirable effects of technology and going back to the old life, people and the government should look into these issues in greater depth and find ways to fix them with the substantial assistance of technological innovations.
Scientists in some developed countries have studied how to build houses and buildings on water so that these constructions can become adjustable to float above the water in the events of drought or typhoon. By doing so, not only does this creative solution allows dwellers to maintain the stability of their lives in the affected areas but also reduce the losses of properties, the needs for reconstructions as well as the destructive impacts on the surrounding environments.
Therefore, apart from enhancing standards of living and contributing to social, economic, commercial developments in all nations, technological advances have soon become the most excellent tool to address environmental problems if it is deliberately and adequately invested regarding time, money and efforts.
As this world has been characterised by the digital era, globalisation, cross-national development and the fast pace of life, the facilitation to the rising demands and pressures of generations living on Earth is essential and inevitable.
However, along with the indispensable supports of technology, it will make huge differences if every user and company takes into consideration their choices and decisions in the production and consumption of new products or services. These attentive efforts help control and minimise the adverse impacts of their activities and waste products on our living habitats and the natural environment.