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Technogaianism (a portmanteau word combining "techno" for technology and "Gaia" for the Earth Mother of Greek mythology) is the stance that advanced technology can help restore Earth's environment, and that developing such technology should therefore be an important goal of environmentalists. Look up Portmanteau word in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... By the mid 20th century humans had achieved a level of technological mastery sufficient to leave the surface of the planet for the first time and explore space. ... Gaia (pronounced // or //) (land or earth, from the Greek ; variant spelling Gaea—see also Ge from ) is a Greek goddess personifying the Earth. ... The Earth Mother is a motif that appears in many mythologies. ... The Oricoli bust of Zeus, King of the Gods, in the collection of the Vatican Museum. ... By the mid 20th century humans had achieved a level of technological mastery sufficient to leave the surface of the planet for the first time and explore space. ... Earth (IPA: , often referred to as the Earth, Terra, the World or Planet Earth) is the third planet in the solar system in terms of distance from the Sun, and the fifth largest. ... Bold textHello ...


This is different from many environmentalists' position and a common perception that all technology necessarily degrades the environment, and that environmental restoration can therefore occur only with reduced reliance on technology.


Technogaians argue that technology gets cleaner and more efficient with time. They would also point to such things as hydrogen fuel cells to demonstrate that developments don't have to come at the environment's expense. General Name, Symbol, Number hydrogen, H, 1 Chemical series nonmetals Group, Period, Block 1, 1, s Appearance colorless Atomic mass 1. ... A fuel cell is an electrochemical device similar to a battery, but differing from the latter in that it is designed for continuous replenishment of the reactants consumed; i. ...


While many traditional environmentalists still contend that most technology is detrimental to the environment, Technogaians point out that it has been in humanity's best interests to exploit the environment mercilessly until fairly recently. This sort of behaviour follows accurately to current understandings of evolutionary systems, in that when new factors (such as foreign species or mutant subspecies) are introduced into a living system, they tend to maximise their own resource consumption until either, a) they reach an equilibrium beyond which they cannot continue unmitigated growth, or b) they become extinct. In these models, it is completely impossible for such a factor to totally destroy its host environment, though they may precipitate major ecological transformation before their ultimate eradication. Technogaians believe humankind has currently reached just such a threshold, and that the only way for human civilization to continue advancing is to accept the tenets of Technogaianism and limit future exploitive exhaustion of natural resources and minimise further unsustainable growth or face a massive global collapse of civilization. The historic Blue Marble photograph, which helped bring environmentalism to the public eye. ... Punctuated equilibrium (or punctuated equilibria) is a theory in evolutionary biology which states that most sexually reproducing species will show little to no evolutionary change throughout their history. ...


More directly, they argue that such things as nanotechnology and biotechnology can directly reverse environmental degradation. Advanced nanotechnology, for example, could convert garbage in landfills into useful materials and products, while biotechnology could lead to novel microbes that devour hazardous waste. Molecular gears from a NASA computer simulation. ... The structure of insulin Biotechnology is technology based on biology, especially when used in agriculture, food science, and medicine. ... It has been suggested that Molecular engineering be merged into this article or section. ...

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Differences with related movements

Bright Green

The difference with bright green is a subtle one. While “bright greens” are optimistic environmentalists who reject a dualistic view of technology and nature, technogaians seem to adopt a more pragmatic, evolutionist approach. These latter may, or not, simply be considered as environmental utilitarianists. The term bright green has emerged in the past few years to refer to a subcategory of environmentalism, distinguishing it from traditional forms. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


See also

The term bright green has emerged in the past few years to refer to a subcategory of environmentalism, distinguishing it from traditional forms. ... Democratic transhumanism, a term coined by Dr. James Hughes in 2002, refers to the stance of transhumanists (humanists who support morphological freedom and the ethical use of human enhancement technologies) who espouse liberal, social or radical democratic political views. ... Social ecology is, in the words of its leading exponents, a coherent radical critique of current social, political, and anti-ecological trends as well as a reconstructive, ecological, communitarian, and ethical approach to society. Social Ecology is a radical view of ecology and of social/political systems. ... Techno-progressivism, technoprogressivism, or tech-progressivism (a portmanteau word combining technology-focused and progressivism), is a stance of active support for technological development and social progress. ... The Viridian design movement is a Green movement tying together ecological design aspects with some love for high-tech gadgets, and some global awareness. ...

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Technogaianism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (333 words)
Technogaianism (a portmanteau word combining "techno" for technology and "Gaia" for the Earth Mother of Greek mythology) is the stance that advanced technology can help restore Earth's environment, and that developing such technology should therefore be an important goal of environmentalists.
While many traditional environmentalists still contend that most technology is detrimental to the environment, Technogaians point out that it has been in humanity's best interests to exploit the environment mercilessly until fairly recently.
The difference with bright green is a subtle one.
Democratic Transhumanism (9133 words)
A democratic transhumanism also needs to make the case to skeptical and hostile Greens that the new technologies can be developed safely, and deployed in ways that prevent and repair the damage we are doing the ecosystem and human health.
Technogaianism applied to ecosystem management is found in “reconciliation ecology” writings such as Michael Rosenzweig Win-Win Ecology.
One of the most outrageously creative of technogaian thinkers is the science fiction author and cyberpunk ideologist Bruce Sterling.
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