Christian Long

John Doeer: Salvation and Profit in Green Tech

In TED Talks on May 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Reflection by KIERSTON R.

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John Doeer:  Salvation and Profit in Green Tech

“I am scared.”

These are the first words that John Doerr says. I of course was instantly drawn in by the powerful statement. Mr. Doerr is a big advocate for going green in everything we do, and that is the whole focus of this emotional talk.

The first topic was the influence of Wal Mart going green. ‘This how ever is not enough’, says Doerr. He sees Wal Mart as a small step in fixing a big problem.
Then he talks about the significance of California going green. While this is a big step for our country according to Doerr it is still not enough. ‘California is only 1.5% of co2 emissions in the U.S.’ and the U.S. is only a small part of the co2 emissions for the whole world.

Next up was biofuels. According to Doerr biofuels have a huge impact on the co2 emissions but it is still not enough. Brazil (home of the ethanol revolution) has made huge strides in their co2 emissions and scientists are working ’round the clock to develop new and better biofuels (and other green tech) however all this is still not enough.

So, what will be enough? Well, when we have virtually no co2 in the air at all. How do we accomplish this? We have to get the entire world involved and, we ALL have to do our part. What are ways anyone can help? Work to get ‘green’ bills passed in congress, follow all the basic reduction rules (reduce, reuse & recycle) ,and most of all, get other people involved. Talk to people at work, school, or where ever else and tell them to ‘go green’ .

After watching this video I really want to do my part and I think you will to.


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