I think you underestimate just how much energy is needed to make paper. Around 70% of paper still comes from wood (the rest made up of recycled sources). 1 tonne of paper produced uses about 2.5MWh of power, at least 10,000 gallons of water etc... That's pretty intensive. And that doesn't include the transport of the wood from source to the mills, or the delivery of the paper to the consumer.
Originally Posted by farmerste
How is this an issue? Seriously. What value does 'performing simple everyday functions' have when we can leave them to be done by technology and get on with other things. This is the very essence of civilisation - improving things, creating new things, learning new things. If we didn't do this, we can be damn sure we would never have left caves. Why would hunter gatherers have moved to farming?
Education is going in the total wrong direction, with the reliance on technology that is spreading throughout developed countries, we are becoming more and more useless at performing simple everyday functions, without some sort of processor to keep us informed.
You need to say *why* this is the case.
Primary kids probably need a couple of hours a week on a computer learning typing, spreadsheet, database, image manipulation skills. and that should be more than enough. At secondary this should be more, as they may be entering the job market, but computers should be used only for tasks that cannot be completed in a more carbon neutral way.
No, the economy runs on invention, new things etc... That's the only way GDP grows. If you don't have new things all the time, the economy stagnates and eventually collapses.
It seeems that teachers can no longer teach, unless there is a program that does the lesson on the white board, and pupils can no longer operate without reliance on technology.
The overall lesson that is getting taught/implied is that we need a super high level of technology just to function ,which is wrong. :doh:
All the cost of this is enormous, and a needless drain on the economy, tax payers, not to mention the worlds resources.:(