Post Mortem

Can technological democracy protect the environment

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/5/2019 11:43:34 AM IST

 Are we doing more to conserve our environment at this hour of civilization footprints? After all, environment inherently is the overarching element of human culture and the interconnecting preconceptions required for basic survival. 

Human livelihood is only possible because it is the environment that provides him with many potential sources to thrive at. Our immediate sensory needs like food source and shelter to abstract concepts like government body and tacit rights are centred around our environment. Humans came into contract to form abstract structures like government to predominantly improve our survival oddities. And in that, all our rights and freedom are interwoven into a conceptual subjects, to synthesize our sensory habitat into a mega machinery of production. But the reality is, our trending policy choices are failing to combat the egregious climate effects. 

A: The objects of climatic crisis 

Climate change is evidentiary. It is not a mere cyclic event as conservatives attack on internet portals and social media to be. Conservatives point of view derives from sensory level rhetoric, as they use arguments like scientists had estimated that by the early onset of the 21st century, large chunks of polar caps will melt away and major portion of bay areas would be submerged underwater. They then posit the NOW sensory reality and make fun of climate activists and those who try to raise awareness feeds in social media.

But the truth is far from that. Since after US President Taft created Glacier National Park in 1910, it was home to an estimated 150 glaciers, the number has significantly decreased to fewer than 30, and most of those remaining have shrunk in area by two-thirds. Daniel Fagre predicts that within 30 years most if not all of the park’s namesake glaciers will disappear. Now that’s a positively chilling results.

The conservative’s lash out is based on non intuitive connection of natural (really existing!) patterns. Our environment as it is now, has been compounded with CO2, industrial fly ash and toxic radicals, aerosols and many other agents of naturally occurring climatic and green biosphere corruption - methane in swamps and bayous, volcanic ash etc. 

B: The start of post modern actions

The global economic nations now face a new wave of pressure from post modern climate activists. Since her debut after striking solitarily outside her nation’s (Switzerland) parliament last year, skipping classes to protest against the negligence of the law makers to address the mounting climate issues, this young teenager diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and identified to be on the autism spectrum, Greta Thunberg, is the queen behind the new momentum of mass public pressures against leading nations to reduce carbon emissions.

This new revolution on climate awareness has promising lofty ideals and adaptive results, but, the fuel on which the machinery of the world runs by, has direct myriad impacts that transfold into interlocking consequences, which needs precise evaluation and thereby actions, if not, the results could be a potential defective and conceding. 

C: The problems against counter actions 

A simple example on climatic action backfire is: technology has not matured enough to mass manufacture electric cars or provide raw energy output to heavy industries. That said, a power station in place of gas station, to feed the transit cannot produce the substantial capacity to power every appliance, ergo it will be inefficient. On the other hand, biodiesel running cars and its mass import is a near impossibility to take control over the transit. And on solar powered cars, the filament for the photovoltaic cells haven’t undergone extensive breakthrough to quickly absorb more photons and thereby store sufficient power in a shorter time, thus relinquishing the possibility of replacing the carbon motors anytime sooner. Unless atomic power station serves as an alternative to fuel the electric transit in multiple hive intersection, the possibility for fully opting for green energy is far off the mark. 

Aside from national policy on economic strings and other geopolitical gauges, these are the other ways that hamstring any logical and viable means of obtaining global solutions towards carbon havoc control. So far the most durable and optimal appliance we have at hand is the parallel hybrid which interchangeably uses both carbon and electricity to run. This does not imply that we can safely give up hope now and adopt prosaic culture. Like aforenoted, technology hasn’t attained the inaugural threshold to start assimilating the obtuse edges of binary problems, through its inventive tools and mapping the antecedent natural codes, eliminating the tendencies for anomalies to curve out. We are very closer towards the edge though. The race has been on and closing in towards building a fully integrated and commercialized network of quantum computation. The possibilities are just breathtakingly endless and for that we need energy to keep fueling the thrust.

D: The need for technological growth

The catch here is, in order to achieve technological maturity, to stabilize climate change, not just by limiting carbon emissions, but it remains a preeminent task finding machines hidden in the vault of nature to help us in securing a safe breathing space for a tick-of-a-second future world — on the other side of which, a slow but sure collusion with oblivion lurks about moving in towards us like a great white beam of reluctant uncertainty. 

(To be concluded)

T Y Tikhir

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