There’s been a lot of talk about green energy lately, with the development of a ‘green industry’ being part of the various economic initiatives in the United States and elsewhere in the First World. Indeed, ‘green’ is a term being tossed around a lot, so much in fact that the word’s actual meaning is being lost. There are a host of green technologies out there, which refer to everything from making plastic to generating electricity. So what does the word really mean?
‘Green’ best refers to technologies that have a lower impact on the environment. Green technologies are generally those that produce less pollution or focus on renewable resources rather than those, like oil, that are dwindling rapidly. Green technology is most important when it comes to energy production, as energy is the focal point of any civilization, but really being green isn’t quite as simple as putting up solar panels.
No technology works in a vacuum, so it’s important to understand what making clean energy actually entails. The best way to do this is to look at energy in general to contrast how we as a civilization have being doing it so far with how we ought to be doing it. Stay tuned because our next several posts will do just that.