The truth of the matter seems to be that the problems we face in the world cannot all be solved by any one method or discipline. The speaker made the point that technology won’t fix everything, and that it takes a combined effort from social understanding, technological advancements, economic knowledge, and many other factors. For example, I found it fascinating how the small island off the mainland of Denmark was able to eventually generate enough power to sell some back to the mainland. Yes, technology played a role in this, but it also took an understanding of how the citizens operated and how the economics of that area worked. When Maine residents living on an island off the coast of the mainland faced a similar problem, it took more than just developing a new technology for themselves – they had to study how the Danes did it to maximize their efficiency. Another example of this was the way in which the speaker’s party discovered the cause of declining Taimen fish populations in the Onon River in Mongolia. Had they not collaborated with native people who noticed strange occurrences in the area and who understand what the area is normally like, they would not have had enough information to discover the root cause of the problem. Our world is interconnected in every facet, and it would be unproductive and naïve to treat it otherwise.
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