The developed world is increasingly obsessed with two things: electronic gadgets and our changing climate. We stand in open-mouthed awe at our technological achievements while dejectedly shrugging our shoulders at the state of the planet on which we live. Our choice is clear: we need to reimagine the way in which we engage with the technology we create, if we hope to make the world a better place.
Peter Denton's first RMB manifesto, Gift Ecology: Reimagining a Sustainable World, focused on interpersonal relationships as the foundation for a vibrant and ecologically sustainable society. In his second thought-provoking book in Technology and Sustainability, the author challenges readers to use our cherished technologies in new ways. We need to think of our devices not merely as better rocks and sharper spears, but as profound extensions of our hearts and minds that we can use to change the world for the better.
Technology is in our heads, not in our hands. If we don't like what our technologies are doing to the world and to ourselves, then we all have both the power and the responsibility to make better choices today than we did yesterday. Technology and Sustainability helps readers to redefine our relationship with technology and offers ways in which we can use these tools to make the world a better place through enlightened and positive engagements. If systems of technology have multiplied individual choices into global problems, then it means those same systems can multiply better choices into the global solutions we need for a sustainable future.
Peter Denton is an instructor in ethics and sustainability at Red River College in Winnipeg, Adjunct Associate Professor of History at the Royal Military College of Canada and an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada. He was also elected one of two regional civil society representatives for North America to the United Nations Environment Programme for 2013-14. "Technology and Sustainability" is his fifth book. Peter lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.