Civilization’s fourth big revolution is upon us |

Civilization’s fourth big revolution is upon us

Matthew Charles and Bill Sepmeier
Vail CO, Colorado
Matthew Charles and Bill Sepmeier

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” There have been three major revolutions in the history of humanity.

First was the agricultural revolution, then the industrial revolution and most recent-ly the information and technology revolu-tion. Many people believe we’re now entering what his-torians will recognize as the fourth wave of civilization ” the green revolution.

If we are wise and lucky, succeed-ing generations may define the time we live in now as the era in which sanity and awareness were brought to all of the gains yielded by the three eras that came before.

Whether a fourth revolution is here or not, something is happening out there and it’s about moving forward, about doing bet-ter with what we have and not doing with-out, and it’s about a better life on this unique and wonderful planet.

The green revolution has all of the his-toric and social characteristics of previous revolutions, although it draws upon con-cepts very different than previous eras.

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The three prior paradigm shifts involved a period of gradual change that preceded the revolutionary change. Each began with changes that seemed outside the main-stream and “common sense.”

Business leaders around the country scoffed at the revolutionary ideas of Henry Ford about workers’ rights and production.

While Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were busy setting the table for the information revolu-tion, Digital Equipment’s Ken Olsen was trying to cut the legs off it by ridiculing the notion that the personal computer would find a role in anyone’s home.

Now, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., who has characterized the concerns of scientists and advocates over global warming as the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” is well on his way to join-ing this hall of shame in our era.

Each prior revolution gen-erated huge amounts of eco-nomic activity.

Civilization grew because of farming and eventually led to trading economies created by sur-plus production. The indus-trial and information revolu-tions brought forth sustained economic growth so signifi-cant that nearly any child from any school in the world can list many of the companies responsible for this without a second thought.

If there is one difference between the green revolution and those that came before, it may be in our collective relation-ship with the earth and its other inhabi-tants. Previous revolutions revolved around the notion that man was given dominion over the earth and all its creatures. The green revolution, recognizing humanity’s mental advantages and responsibilities, is more focused on our place within the tap-estry of life.

This is not a rejection of reli-gious mandates, but rather a point of view that recognizes stewardship as a more appropriate interpretation of the tradition-al texts. In this way, the green revolution is deeply spiritual. It is a unifying vision ” something that we have far too little of these days.

The locus of the green revolution involves extensive energy conservation and power generation using renewable sources that don’t produce carbon diox-ide and global warming.

These techniques and technologies are available today.

The revolution has already begun. Busi-ness is taking the reins from government, recognizing that in more ways than one, “green” is the color of money and long-term economic stability. Stewardship is easier than dominion. As a friend who works with animals once said, ” It’s easier to train a horse than build one.”

Solar power, thermal or electric, is much more plentiful than oil or coal, and the green revolution is based on harness-ing it.

For the first time in history, the revolu-tion will be televised. It’s on right now. But don’t just watch it ” consider joining your neighbors who are already involved, putting up solar systems to provide for their own energy needs.

Bill Sepmeier is chief technical officer and Matthew Charles is the design and sales manager for Grid Feeders in Eagle-Vail.

Contact them at 970- 688- 4347 or at www.

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