"We Are as Gods": The Green Technical Fix


Trim’s article focuses on “countercultural environmentalists” who were concerned with inventing new technologies to build sustainable societies. Focusing on the case of the Ark in Prince Edward Island, Canada, Trim explores the mixed success and eventual fate of this alternative development program and the government’s investment in the alternative energy sector. The article raises questions about the consequences of treating environmental issues as technical problems to be solved with innovation. This approach at once depoliticizes environmental issues and embeds them into new political structures and conflicts, and brings environmental projects into new domains but requires environmental projects to have political or economic benefits in order to be accepted.

DOI: doi.org/10.5282/rcc/7700