English Abstract

Nature Technology Creating a Fresh Approach to Technology

Ecomaterial Design and Process Engineering, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Nippon Gomu Kyokaishi,(2014),87(4),123-128 General Review in Japanese

The Great East Japan Earthquake, which occurred on March 11, 2011, reminded us that we were just one species within the great cycle of life on earth, that we were allowed to survive only because of nature, and that the idea that we were somehow able to conquer nature was simply an illusion. Now more than ever it is time that we confront head-on the change from the “underground resources” type of civilization to one with a new way of life and technology that embraces a sense of nature. To do so, we must learn from nature, the only sustainable society on earth, and create technology that embraces such a view of nature. We call such technology, which cleverly revives naturefs greatness, Nature Technology.

Keywords: Global Environment, Eco-dilemma, Nature Technology, Backcast Thinking, Lifestyle