In Part 4 the emphasis moves from specific sustainable energy technologies and their problems and on to the wider issue of the prospects for sustainable development generally. It asks whether technical fixes will suffice or whether there will be a need for more radical changes. Will the use of sustainable energy technologies allow economic growth to continue, or are there ultimate environmental limits to human aspirations and expectations?
By way of conclusion, Part 4 also looks at some of the ways in which the conflicting interests of people and planet might be resolved and at the idea of ‘thinking globally and acting locally’.
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Publication information: Book title: Energy, Society, and Environment: Technology for a Sustainable Future. Contributors: David Elliott - Author. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 177.
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