In this video, Michio Kaku presents the Kardashev scale in a very simple, easy to understand way for the rest of us. This is something to aim for not only individually but also collectively. Let us not commit planetary suicide ;-)
As per wikipedia:
The Kardashev scale is a method of measuring a civilization's level of technological advancement, based on the amount of energy a civilization is able to utilize. The scale has three designated categories called Type I, II, and III. A Type I civilization uses all available resources on its home planet, Type II harnesses all the energy of its star, and Type III of its galaxy. The scale is only hypothetical, but it puts energy consumption in a cosmic perspective. It was first proposed in 1964 by the Russian astronomer Nikolai Kardashev (Kardashyov). Various extensions of the scale have been proposed since, from a wider range of power levels (types 0, IV and V) to the use of metrics other than pure power.
This introduces some serious questions with regards to the phenomenon referred to as Globalisation:
- Is it good or bad?
- Can globalisation be done any better?
- What are some of the forms of Globalisation?