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Ups and Downs of Technological Innovation

By Angela Young / July 15, 2015

My name is Angela Young and I run this blogsite for the Salmon Lake Center. Today I am going to blog about my viewpoints on what the Earth – and the human race – has become.

My name may be Young, but I am no longer as young as I hope I could be. I have aged, and in my ageing, I have witnessed the world move.

There are two directions of emotions that I feel whenever I am reminded of my age. One is that I feel happy because I am able to reach an era of great innovation. Why, way back, people had to carry heaps of paper for whatever project and work they have to do, but now, they walk freely with only gadgets and phones in hand. Jobs now can be done in an hour or less, depending on the scale of the work. Back in the days, these same jobs would take weeks or months to finish. Experts of today are greatly helped with technology, and it is just amazing. These kinds of positive encounters are what I like most about reaching this phase of advancement in the human species’ life. and I’m happy too, that despite my age, I am still able to understand how these technologies work, like the computer and the World Wide Web.

Sadly, though, the other emotion I get when I am reminded of my age is dismay. I am dismayed by how the younger generation seemed to value technology more than they value nature. Teenagers and adult alike would be terrified of not having their phones with them even just for a day. Some would say they would go crazy while others go as far as claiming that they would die. Ask them, however, if they could survive a day indoors, without a shade of greenery and the sun. They would probably answer that they can, as long as they have their phones or computers with them. This breaks my heart because people have depreciated value for nature. What once was a life of commitment to preserve the sea and protect the air from pollution has shrunk into a life of patronizing plastic products and using of technology like cars that pollute the air.

Now I know that there are still some people and companies out there who still fight for nature and who struggle everyday to look for ways to use technology not just for the betterment of human lives but also for the preservation of the environment. I just hope that more people become dedicated to environmental rehabilitation as well and become as dedicated as other people. This way, they will not only be preserving nature for future generations, but also preserve the lives of every human being on this planet.

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Angela Young