“Let us make an end of monumental, funereal and
commemorative architecture. Let us overturn monuments,
pavements, arcades and flights of steps; let us sink the streets
and squares; let us raise the level of the city,” -Antonio Sant’Elia.
The key element of futurism is to transform society into an idealistically efficient one; to get rid of the old and come in with the new. Perhaps such a radical change proposed by the two authors of futurism aren’t in any bit realistic, but the idea of progress and accepting change is one that society needs to adopt in order to make a greener tomorrow.
Technology has progressed faster than ever and we are living in a rapidly changing world, but how quickly will we ingrain sustainable lifestyles into our global human culture? The author of “Incinerators vs Zero Waste: Energy and the Climate,” proposes the realistic idea of simple tasks that can be practiced in order to make a large difference. For example, if we recycled paper, we would decrease the demand for wood and deforestation, which is responsible for 25% of carbon emissions.
Let’s not forget the fact that large corporations KiOR are building large plants that create fuels from wastes, contributing greatly to the reduction of pollution, but the impact would be incomparable to the participation of every citizen in saving the environment, starting from the community. Although this may be unrealistic, with time, political influence, the creation of incentives and the improvement of technology, we will see greater participation in the near future.
My question is this: What do we have to do incorporate recycling into our culture locally and internationally? Will it come naturally with time? Will rapid radical futurist change ever work?