07 Energy | Life in the Anthropocene
Access to energy is a key element in the development of mankind. But our thirst for energy has far-reaching consequences – reserves of fossil fuels are finite and our actions threaten the basis of our existence, the Earth itself. How might the energy supply of the future look? In the medium-term, we must be more efficient and use cleaner technologies. In the long-term, we need energy from renewable or quasi-renewable sources. Artificial photosynthesis and fusion technology, which harness energy from the Sun on Earth, can become the corner stones for this energy future. It is also important to minimize the consequences of our actions for the entire Earth system. Maintaining the status quo is not enough.