Ever stopped to think about how your smartphone is made? An item you use every day and it’s more than likely you don’t have a clue. You might be surprised at what goes into making something that you see as an everyday part of life.
We are so used to the idea that the internet is intangible and all in the cloud that it’s hard to appreciate the impact digital technology actually has on the climate. However, using the web and manufacturing devices that connect to it consumes lots of energy and generates CO2. Watching online videos — which accounts for 60% of the world’s data traffic — has a carbon footprint similar to that of the emissions produced by Spain. These amounted to 306 million tonnes in 2018: almost 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Something must be done and it starts with our relationship with our screens.