Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Read of the Week - The Conundrum

The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse

This audiobook recently came on sale as part of an Earth Day Sale, so I decided to give it a shot. I should start by saying I don't normally buy books like this, nor do I agree with every opinion they portray. However, I do find the perspectives and opinions they share thought provoking. I find that books with a bleak outlook on environmental issues often result in people becoming depressed, mourning the loss, and then moving on with their lives as though nothing happened. You must go into the book looking for more than just a solution or explanation; prepare yourself for a different perspective on environmentalism, an unraveling of current solutions to environmental technologies.

This book in particular looks largely as societies downfalls, the barriers to sustainability rather than the solutions. That being said it does have some valuable insight, something we can all take to heart. The main point being increased technology and efficiency is not a sufficient solution; creating greener technologies, building and developing more, will not resolve our issues. Rather, it is a societal shift, a shift in mindsets, and acknowledgment that there is no easy solution the our environmental dilemmas.

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