Many millions of people still have no sensible toilets. Millions of others play with 21st century smartphones, while sitting on 19th century toilets. Progress this is not.
Have you ever had to replace a whole computer for NO real reason? Look at this project then.
Tradition is merging with information technology in indian agriculture. Is this happening in the most sustainable way, or going backwards?
Yes, we do. Because “clean energy” from photovoltaic installation may pollute a lot without them.
There is a good article at Medium about “Ethical Electronics”, that is the need for a MUCH more environmentally responsible design of the Internet of Things (IoT). The most relevant parts, which say everything but one thing, are these:
A new lobbying group is fighting Right to Repair laws, in a way that proves that certain things should be AVOIDED at all costs, not repaired.
Hundred of Embraco workers will very likely lose their jobs soon, because that company is moving production of its fridge compressors to Slovakia. Italian media, politicians and unions are (rightly) talking a lot of those workers. Almost nobody, however, is discussing what KIND of fridges and compressors should be produced, by Embraco or anybody else.
- If you can only fund one project this year, please put this in your short list: design and development of open source home appliances! The first one should be a microwave oven but “most probably the next one will be a washing machine, or maybe a fridge. The point is to extend the portfolio of open source appliances.” The goals include: facilitate recycling and maintenance of products, because the knowledge of how it works and how it breaks is available for everyone (Which also helps to create employment opportunities) create resilience and less dependence on fossil fuel value chains, by reducing the shipping of components to what is only necessary.