Douthwaite seems to encourage the idea of coming up with as many technological fixes as possible because they are just temporary, and new ones must be developed all the time in order to replace outdated ones. Johnston and Huesemann however are more concerned with the long term consequences of our technological fixes. While I believe that Johnston and Huesemann don’t think we should forget about technological fixes and let society “run its course” so to speak, they seem to be much more cautious about rushing these fixes. They would most likely critique Douthwaites belief that technological fixes should be introduced as fast as possible into society and encourage more time to fully examine all possible consequences from the fix.
Quite frankly, technological fixes have unintended consequences because humans can’t see into the future. Many times we get so focused on one issue that we underestimate what the possible negative outcomes could be. I believe this also relates to not looking at the bigger picture, and only focusing on what humans can gain. Unfortunately if something is beneficial to humans and bad for another species, it can create a trophic cascade that in the long run has negative consequences. While technological fixes may have unintended consequences, we still need to be pursuing them, however, much more though needs to be put into them before introducing them into society. They also need to be looked at by scientist in many different disciplines to get a better look at the big picture of what these fixes could do. Additionally, if no fixes to these issues are found, they only get worse and worse, so while yes, no fix is perfect, a fix that has been looked at from many different perspectives and the consequences are weighed is better than letting problems get worse.