Eco-Tags: Measuring the Environmental Cost of a Thing

June 26, 2006

As I read Stowe Boyd’s essay “Moving to the Edge: The Hunter/Gatherer Future“, it reminded me of how the revolutionary impact of technology seems to have completely missed the opportunity to address the number one issue that our planet is facing today – global warming.

It seems to me that one way to keep this issue uppermost in our minds is to require a statement of environmental impact in terms that the consumer understands. Quantify it in a similar way that we do our food labels (serving size, number of calories broken down by carbohydrate, fat and protein), so when we buy our next cell phone, or DVD, we can see a numerical impact value of what it cost the environment.

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