Being more connected is good. So say Facebook, Google and any advert for a smartphone you’ve ever seen.
But what are we being told to connect to? And is our increasing connection through digital technologies disconnecting us in other ways- from ourselves, each other and our living planet?
On Tuesday November 20th join Philippe Sibaud, author of [email protected] on Earth –a new report exploring the psychological, social and ecological impacts of digital technologies – and Claire Milne, Coordinator of Inner Transition at the Transition Network, to discuss these pressing questions at 42 Acres Shoreditch.
Around the world, the number of people experiencing Internet Addiction and Nature Deficit Disorder is on the rise. Billions of internet-connected devices could produce 3.5% of global emissions within 10 years. Every smartphone and laptop carries an ‘ecological rucksack’ of many tonnes of land, water and energy that is often violently extracted from the territories of indigenous and land-based peoples.
Our many anxieties about digital technologies are not unfounded, foolish or backward. They are a logical and necessary response to the way we see these technologies re-shaping the world around us in the ‘anthropocene’.
Ahead of Buy Nothing Day – an international day of protest against rampant consumerism to challenge Black Friday – we will discuss how to make peace with our technologies in order to reaffirm our kinship with the planet, build more just societies and live happier, healthier lives.
“Our over-engagement with the digital sphere factor is accelerating our dissociation from the natural processes that sustain us. Our disengagement is both product and cause of planetary-scale ecological destruction, and comes at a time when renewing our bond with planet Earth is more urgent than ever.” – Philippe Sibaud
“Technology feeds the idea that we can be superhuman, we can get even more done, we can work 24/7. It contributes to the entrenched and widespread belief that to be liked, loved or good enough – to be accepted by ‘the tribe’ (be that a family, friendship group, sports team or work place) -we need to be increasingly productive and good at stuff.” – Claire Milne
More about our speakers
Claire Milne coordinates the integration of the inner dimension of Transition across the international Transition Network- a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild a more caring, communal and ecologically healthy world. Inner Transition seeks to inspire people to bring out the most loving, kind and compassionate parts of themselves to their work to change society.
Philippe Sibaud is a writer and author of a number of Gaia’s flagship reports calling the alert on the impact of the extractive industries on our planet: Opening Pandora’s Box (2012) and Short Circuit (2013). His latest report, [email protected] on Earth, explores the psychological, social and ecological impacts of digital technologies. Philippe is also a Fairtrade business entrepreneur, currently running a microfinance institution in Malawi supporting small farmers and market traders – 80% of them women.
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