Humans and technology have been going side by side for a very long time. Life without technology is unimaginable. Although some technological advancements have led to the deterioration of certain aspects of nature, technology helps protect the environment in dozens of ways. With evolving technology, the impact of humans on the environment is also reducing. However, if we can use the present technology wisely, there will be several ways by which we can maintain ecological balance and sustainability. Here are the ten ways in which technology is helping to protect and save the environment:
Digitalization is saving the trees:
With the advent of modernization, computers, tablets, smartphones, etc., have replaced paper usage to a great extent. Cloud storage and various other facilities have helped store various digital documents safely and securely without involving paper use. This is also a convenient and easy way to keeping records without fearing the risk of losing them.
Several companies prefer sending e-bills and newsletters and communicate through emails instead of depending on papers.
People also contribute to this digitalization to a great extent. For example, people prefer calendars and notepads on their smartphones instead of physical calendars and notepads.
This digitalization has not only reduced deforestation but has also helped to reduce global warming by saving millions of trees!
- Eco-friendly energy resources:
It is the world’s primary concern to shift their focus to renewable energy resources from non-renewable energy resources. Non-renewable energy resources like oil, gas, etc., not only create pollution, but their extraction and production methods hamper the environment to a great extent.
Using renewable energy sources like wind, solar, tidal, hydroelectric, etc., the energy sector has become clean, eco-friendly, and cheaper. Products like solar panel is more accessible and less expensive to various industries, educational institutes, and even ordinary households.
- It has helped to monitor the environment:
Technology has helped monitor the environment in several ways to ensure that the rules and environment-related laws are being followed. In vast conservation areas and national parks, the conservationists use drones to keep poachers away and save the endangered animals from being killed. These drones cover vast regions, which was not possible to keep track of previously.
The Government uses Geospatial measurement technologies to keep track of pollutants present near oil and gas facilities.
The popularity of sharing economy is rising every day. It enables individuals to gain access to basic facilities without having to buy them. This has reduced environmental impact to a great extent. Car rental companies have helped people to travel to places without actually owning a car. Several homestays have made use of the houses that are not being used anymore. Online streaming services have defined a new source of entertainment for people. Without purchasing or renting DVDs, people can watch thousands of movies and shows from a single application.
Electric cars have reduced pollution:
The development and popularity of electric cars have helped the environment to a great extent. Electric vehicles have zero direct emissions, leading to lesser smog and climate change than diesel and gas cars. Hybrid cars have also become popular. Electric vehicles also help to conserve non-renewable sources of energy since they depend on electricity to run. Due to this fact, a sharp drop in electric cars’ prices has been observed, and according to experts, electric vehicles will become cheaper than diesel and gas cars by 2022.
Smart homes are more environment friendly:
With more and more ‘smarter’ homes being developed throughout the world, a new technological revolution is taking place, helping the environment in various ways.
Smart devices like AC controllers, thermostats, smart meters, and motion-activated lighting sensors have helped conserve electricity and reduce wastage.
Due to this, smart devices, houses, offices consume less energy and help sustain the environment.
It is helping to eliminate waste:
Technology has not helped to find a better alternative for paper but has also reduced unnecessary waste materials. By going digital, the environment is saved of millions of paper waste, plastic waste from cassettes and DVDs, and other waste materials generated out of the packaging.
Technology has also helped eliminate food waste to a certain extent by keeping track of it starting right from the farm. This is done dramatically with data collection as it has helped conserve and reduce food waste. Nearly one-third of the food resources of the world are thrown out.
Technology is helping to conserve overall resources:
Nowadays, appliances inform its users about the waste of energy, but they also email the user if a working part is going to wear out! Hence this not only saves money but also reduces waste from being dumped into landfills. All you need to do is replace that broken part!
To conserve electricity, ‘Green buildings’ are being constructed to help implement and harness natural lighting. 93% of coal consumption is accounted for electric power. So by using these innovative resources, this coal consumption can be reduced to a great extent.
Renewable technology is developing innovative solutions:
The research and development of renewable technology have helped the environment in recent years. Take the example of solar glass. It can be used as a window, and it can convert sunlight into electricity without the involvement of photovoltaic panels. Isn’t this an innovative way of using technology to sustain the environment?!
Plant-based plastics is a boon:
There is a huge demand for plastics throughout the world. So by switching over to plant-based plastics instead of oil-based ones, there is a great potential to save the environment. These plant-based plastics are biodegradable and more sustainable than traditional plastics.
It might seem that technology and nature are two completely separate entities, but they are interconnected in ways that we cannot imagine! It can be said that nature does inspire technology! With more and more technologies developed, we are focusing on a new revolution where human actions and technology will not harm the environment but will protect and sustain it!