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  1. Ulli Diemer June 11, 2014 at 12:26 pm |

    Another thinker who was already awake to the dangers of global warming and climate change in the 1960s was Victor Papanek. In his wonderful book, Design for the Real World (, originally published in 1970, Papanek cites the dangers of climate change as one of the many problems caused by an economic system based on waste and the multiplication of useless or harmful commodities. Papanek bubbles with ideas for better design based on human needs, and especially the needs of the two-thirds of the world’s population who live in poverty.

    Specifically addressing the problems caused by burning fossil fuels, he suggests we need to look at tidal, solar, and wind power. He points to the energy consumed by long-distance transportation of commodities as one issue that needs to be addressed, and suggests that we need to explore adapting older technologies to modern needs. He mentions zeppelins and computer-guided sailing ships as two possible options to consider.

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