Finith Jernigan's "Makers of the Environment" merges storytelling with everyday reality to offer a moment where we can rethink our expectations to understand how technology can and should be used to improve our world. The book makes the extraordinary ordinary, offering a vision on how society can take advantage of new and emerging technology to create a better, more sustainable world for our children.
Complexity has changed the nature of our world. There are significant barriers to improving things in the world today. Some of the barriers are due to ignorance... people do not know what they do not know. Some are due to inertia... people have a hard time changing to new ways of doing things. Some are due to self-interest... people are looking out for "number one." Some of the barriers are slowing the change, and others are undermining the benefits to society.
The built environment consumes most of our fossil fuels. With the world heating up and fuel becoming ever scarcer, we must do something now. We have the tools to analyze consequences and change trajectories. It is our responsibility to promote sustainability and better decisions throughout our world. We must take action. There is no time to wait.