If you’re here and reading this – chances are you realize what role technology is going to play in the future of this planet. And I bet you hope it’s a constructive one and not a destructive one.
I hope so too.
TheGreenCode.net is an effort to help myself, you and others like you in shaping the way we code, design, engineer and make software and hardware to better suit the increasingly pertinent needs of this planet we call home.
Here you’ll find reports on present day technologies that are successfully helping the environment, promising future technologies that will hopefully do the same, and ways in which each one of us – with our little programs and circuit boards – can come up with more environmentally friendly results.
MORE ABOUT ME
My name is Kunal. I am an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University – and I’m majoring in Computer Science. I speak five languages, if we don’t include C++.
The idea for TheGreenCode struck me when I was flying from Brussels to New York City – as I stared at the endlessness that is the Atlantic Ocean. At that point in time, I realized how tiny each one of us is in comparison. And how, even so, each one of us can help in preserving our planet.
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“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
-Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot