chapter  1
Technology and society
Pages 5

This introductory chapter sets the scene by looking at the interaction between people and the planet, with the focus on energy use. The ever-increasing pattern of energy use seems unlikely to be environmentally sustainable, in which case we will need to try to negotiate a new way forward. To try to describe some key features of the human-environmental interaction, and how it might be modified, this chapter introduces an analytical model of the various conflicting interests, which is used throughout the book.