a world where the global economy
is based on what's best for all earth's communities.
Where beauty and art and the media inspire
The best in all, and lift our spirits higher.
Imagine a world where science and technology
Serve only to bring out the best in humanity.
Imagine a better world...Imagine peace on earth!
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
long as man was small in numbers and limited in technology,
he could realistically regard the earth as an infinite
reservoir, an infinite source of inputs and an infinite
cesspool for outputs. Today we can no longer make
this assumption. Earth has become a space ship, not
only in our imagination but also in the hard realities
of the social, biological, and physical system in
which man is enmeshed. -- Kenneth
if the society toward which we are developing is not
to be a nightmare of exhaustion, we must use the interlude
of the present era to develop a new technology which
is based on a circular flow of materials such that
the only sources of man's provisions will be his own
waste products. - -- Kenneth
liberal political tradition provides no coherent response
to the obvious question: Why should the rights of ownership
prevail over the rights of democratic citizenry in determining
who is to manage the affairs of a business enterprise
whose policies might directly affect as many as half
a million employees, and whose choice of product, location,
and technology touches entire communities and beyond?
-- Samuel Bowels
as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice
thing... you are talking about the Internet, you are
talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers.
This doesn't affect two-thirds of the people of the
in computer technology and the Internet have changed
the way America works, learns, and communicates. The
Internet has become an integral part of America's
economic, political, and social life
objects are sometimes parties to litigation. A ship
has legal personality…The corporation…is an acceptable
adversary and large fortunes ride on its cases…So
it should be as respects valleys, ridges, groves of
trees, swampland, or even air that feels the destructive
pressures of modern technology and modern life. The
river, for example, is the living symbol of all the
life it sustains or nourishes – fish, aquatic insects,
water ouzels, otter, fisher, deer, elk, bear, and
all other animals, including man, who are dependent
on it or who enjoy it for its sight, its sound, or
its life. The river as plaintiff speaks for the ecological
unit of life that is part of it.
William O. Douglas
beings should only use technology which if the worst
case happens, it leads to an acceptable damage. Definitely
nuclear energy is not in that category. I want an industrial
world where people are allowed to make errors. Because
human creativity has to do with being allowed to make
errors. We want an error-friendly environment."
has become appallingly obvious that our technology
has exceeded our humanity.
of it. We are blessed with technology that would be
indescribable to our forefathers. We have the wherewithal,
the know-it-all to feed everybody, clothe everybody,
and give every human on Earth a chance. We know now
what we could never have known before -- that we now
have the option for all humanity to make it successfully
on this planet in this lifetime. Whether it is to
be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay
race right up to the final moment.
has the technology and resources to meet all its energy
needs while safeguarding the earth's climate. The
urgent question now is, 'Do we have the will?' At
least one city does, and I'm proud to live in it."
cannot by ourselves reduce the number of nuclear weapons
in the world, but we are doing what has to be done
all over the world if those weapons are one day to
be eliminated. We will not contemplate any circumstance
in which their possession or threatened use is justified.
We reject the secrecy and hypocrisy which surrounds
the continuing refinement of the technology.
poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges
of our times -- times in which the world boasts breathtaking
advances in science, technology, industry and wealth
accumulation -- that they have to rank alongside slavery
and apartheid as social evils.
have an almost religious zeal - not for technology per
se, but for the Internet which is for me, the nervous
system of mother Earth, which I see as a living creature,
- Dan Millman
newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the
oldest problem in the relations between human beings,
and in the end the communicator will be confronted
with the old problem, of what to say and how to say
good news is we have the technology and the tools
to alleviate poverty on a global scale. All that is
standing in our way is education and will.
are already producing enough food to feed the world.
We already have technology in place that allows us
to produce more than we can find a market for.
is driving us together. In many ways we are becoming
like one family. With the global threats resulting from
science and technology, the whole of humankind now needs
protection. We have to extend our loyalty to the whole
of the human race.
We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial
elements profoundly depend on science and technology.
system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to
be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing.
Not so with technology.
is not prudent to rely on science and technology alone
to solve problems created by rapid population growth,
wasteful resource consumption and harmful human practices."
--U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Royal Society
of London, joint statement
The main reason we are held hostage by the most destructive
technology on earth is simple: the complete lack of
international resolve to ban nuclear weapons and banish
them from the arsenals of the world.
and Tibetan dissidents are either locked up in prison,
forced into hiding, or silenced by fear of police
retaliation against their families. All the happiness
about China's economic growth has made many Americans
forget that police clubs and guns and the Laogai system
keep the Communist Party in power. Moreover, it is
still little recognized how American resources help
to sustain that power through trade, investments,
and the transfer of technology... It is only when
the Laogai is abolished in China that real change
will come about."