Former Canadian defense minister Paul Hellyer, 83, recently told the Ottawa Citizen that "I’d like to see what alien technology there might be that could eliminate the burning of fossil fuels within a generation ... that could be a way to save our planet."
Don’t we just love eccentric, save-the-world-with-one-action type of attitudes?
I frequently get asked, “What’s the biggest challenge to tackling the issue of climate change?” My answer: “Our perspective.”
Impacting climate change is not as much of a technical or financial challenge but more of a social and cultural one. It’s our industrial mindset that got us into this mess and it now needs a new perspective to get us out of it. As Albert Einstein said, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we used when we created them.”
I don’t think it’ll take “alien technology” and energy - or maybe it will! Let me reconsider … we all need light to see and do our work … but we currently construct many buildings without any windows then overcome this situation by using technology and wasteful energy like the incandescent lightbulb we used for so long. Now maybe it is time to design more buildings that make use of “alien technology” and energy (called the sun!) and get it without the burning of fossil fuels.