Specialists constantly sound the alarm that our planet is dying, mainly because of human activity. Governments seem to remain deaf to the alarmist discourse of scientists. However, some good ideas are emerging and could give the planet some respite.
First, let’s look at the current state of the planet.
It is no secret that the ecological state of the Earth is extremely worrying for the future. Humanity seems to be at a turning point in its existence. A turning point that it is having trouble getting into and whose outcome seems inevitably disastrous. Here are some extremely striking figures about the current ecological situation of the planet:
– Every 20 minutes on Earth, an animal or plant species disappears
– A quarter of all animal and plant species could disappear within 50 years because of human activity
– Global warming is increasing, to the point that the world’s largest glaciers are melting
– Many underwater species are dying, and their corpses reveal stomachs filled with plastic
– Endangered animals are still being trafficked
– Big companies are dumping polluted water into rivers
– Air pollution kills nearly 9 million people every year
– Water sources (lakes, rivers, etc.) are drying up fast
– Forests are disappearing to make way for fields of crops or commercial, residential, hotel, etc.
And the list of casualties is still long… However, there is also good news. This post looks at 5 futuristic inventions that could well change our lives.
1. Bicycle paths made of recycled plastic
This initiative was born in the Netherlands. The Dutch are known to appreciate the bicycle and use it mostly as a means of transportation. It is composed of no less than 500,000 bottle caps and thus allows cyclists to circulate easily. The plastic corks, although in nature, do not risk polluting or suffocating any animal.
2. Ecological cell phones, yes: it exists!
Again the work of a Dutch company, Fairphone offers cell phones whose components are all from responsible sources. They can be repaired when they are broken or no longer work and are fully recyclable.
3. Autonomous buildings
SolarEdge is probably the most successful when it comes to autonomy. Their solar panels have provided enough energy to run computers, smartphones, lights, and electric vehicles. Equipped with thousands of sensors that measure live temperature variations and movements, energy consumption is adapted according to a building’s activity. Moreover, these solar panels consume far less energy than a corporate building of the same size.
In another example, the Galapagos Islands replaced their airport on Baltra Island with a 100% green building. It is made only of recycled or reused materials to maintain harmony with the archipelago’s environment—solar panels and giant wind turbines power this airport. There is no air-conditioning and no windows.
4. Biodegradable tableware
Biotrem is a Polish company offering dishes made of natural wheat bran. It is therefore biodegradable and edible! It takes only 30 days to degrade if it is thrown away in nature. The plates, bowls, and cutlery are perfectly waterproof and solid. They are even microwave-safe.
The company produces 15 million biodegradable products each year, a real opportunity to reduce single-use plastic.
Respect the planet and support it. It’s the best footprint you can leave on this planet. Please read part 2, which covers 5 more ecological inventions that could save the world.
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