Christian Long

Norman Foster: Green Agenda

In TED Talks on May 23, 2010 at 12:25 am

Reflection by BETH A.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Norman Foster:  Green Agenda

“Green is cool”. I don’t think that there is any other way to put it. Foster’s quote of Thomas Friedman is something that is very true today. The green agenda is definitely more widespread nowadays, than it was back in the 90’s. People everywhere are becoming more conscious of what they use as energy, and how it affects the planet.

I have only become to realize in this year how much of an important role architecure plays in this green agenda. An architect can use colors to envoke nature in the buildings, such as greens and yellows. I think that our society should totally embrace this new “agenda”, and frankly, we have. With solar and wind power becoming more and more abundant, and, of course, the hybrid electric cars that are roaming the streets. I think that we should educate our kids today about going green. In one of my previous posts (https://tedxproject.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/bill-davenhall-your-health-depends-on-where-you-live/) I discussed how people and companies not being so “green” can have an effect on our health.

Until this video, I never really was able to put two and two together about architecture and how it truly affects the environment. I think that within 10 years, our homes could be made of compeletely recycleable materials, which makes global warming less of a chance. Our environment isn’t something that we should take granted, which many in our society do today. I think that thanks to Sir Norman Foster, people will have an epiphany and change their lifestyles for the good of our precious planet Earth.

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