The technological solutions of how we alter our activities, so they have less impact on the environment, are not
always straight forward. There are still significant questions about many of the potential solutions ability to
scale to levels where they can make a significant impact. Also some of the more obvious solutions, such as nuclear
power, rely on traditional concepts of centralization and distribution, not to mention its catastrophic negative
effects if gone awry, so they do not offer a true revolutionary approach, which may be required to resolve this scale
of problems. The variety of problems are so great, we can not just think a handful of technological solutions will
resolve the wide variety of negative effects humans are having on the global environment. Instead, we must see it
as an opportunity, and think about solutions in a collective way that enable us to fundamentally change our activities,
resulting in a true revolution in human behavior. Such an approach can not be planned in advance in detailed, but
must evolve over time. However, we can set out guidelines, and develop regulations, that are more likely to lead us
to effective approaches, and be open to adapting them when new technologies become available.
Broad definitions of politics, range from the practice and theory of influencing other people, to the total complexity
of relations between people living in society, and the competition between competing interest groups or individuals
for power and leadership. Commonly we think of it, at best, as activities associated with governance, but usually
as something more closely related to a process similar to making sausage. In any case it is something we all have to
deal with, whether you are involved with governance, business, academia or just at work gossiping around the coffee
maker. Politics is the process we must use, to work together, to deal with problems from environmental degradation.
It is how we will overcome our differences, and deal with corruption and manipulation, or it will lead to more of
those things happening.