Technology and Justice : The digitalisation of the environment

Is our generation is spending more time on social media than on social events?

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It is no new phenomenon that the world has become mediatized. Our generation is spending more time on social media than on social events. But also, we have become ever more interconnected than previous generations. Technology has been a major influence in preventing and warning societies about natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and more. But the new vital importance that is being given to technology is this need for using it during and after these disasters occur. Technology has now become embedded in the processes and solutions to help our environment.

This month, Ocean Generation is dedicating its own section on how technology and the advancements of the digital world can help save our environment. OG’s ambition grew because of digital technology. Having understood that our society is creating a new digital realm to live in, OG’s big break was to use technology for the benefit of society. Through our mobile gaming, social events and digital media we have been able to help educate the audience and raise awareness about our oceans. Aside from these successes, we have taken the initiative to organize a local hackathon in the island of Antigua, where we hope to co-work with our local team there and create an app which will help these people with their groundwork for fisheries, protecting the oceans, and rebuild Antigua after the hurricane.

But it is not only us. Science and scientists ‘are focusing on technological advancements that are socially equitable, economically viable and more environmentally sound.’ The power of technology to help save our environment can be seen in new scientific projects to help protect water, land, and air.  From engineering solutions to help overcome new contaminants to the treatment of toxic water pollutants, our generation has joined a collective to embrace technology and protect our society.

Organizations such as Red Cross have started to embrace the role of technology in helping developing countries. Mobile data collection has become an important source for collecting information. The idea is that if there is an emergency or a natural disaster such as earthquakes and hurricanes, the central authorities will be able to locate people who are in more rural or dangerous areas. Furthermore, mobile data collection permits rural people to request what they need in these areas. Mobile data collection is the new form of logistics. It is an efficient method to collect data and send the necessary needs to these areas.

The modernity of our generation aims to embrace the aesthetic of technology and protect our environment. For instance, Dutch architect and artist, Daan Roosergaarde, has used art and technology to address China’s air pollution, called Smog Free Project, where a 7m tower will clean up the air and convert such pollution into diamonds. Projects like this prove how technology can be an effective tool for recycling and reusing materials. It cleans up 70%-75% the air, whilst absorbing carbon and transform it into diamonds. Roosergaarde’s work has demonstrated how technology can work in sync with the environment.

But Roosergaarde’s work and the previously mentioned scientific works are also changing and helping the environment. Technology has been able to create a big discrepancy between the rich and the poor, but when we use it to good it has been able to join us together and create something marvellous. Who said there couldn’t be technology and justice?

OG | Maria Veigabarracosa