Sunday, May 15, 2005

Energy Farmers

I read an article recently (can't remember where it was, unfortunately) that struck me with its simplicity.

It pointed out that true human civilisation began when we stopped being hunter-gatherers and became farmers, nurturing nature for our own purposes using an infinitely sustainable cycle.It then pointed out that the industrial revolution made us hunter-gatherers again; this time of energy resources. We are still in that hunter-gatherer phase of seeking out and consuming nature's bounty wherever it may be found, and the fruits are fossil fuel deposits.

In order to progress once more to civilisation, this time a global technological civilisation with a global consciousness born of a global communications system (the internet), we must once more become farmers - this time of energy. Renewable energy exploitation is to the next phase of human evolution what the first crops were to the last.


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