The lines between the physical and digital world are blurring. Rapid digitalisation is changing the natural environment. It is changing the way we observe, understand, and interact with our ecosystems. Without a doubt, it is also changing the ways we communicate with each other and the actions that we take on environmental issues. Just think of the ’Greta effect’ and the increase in online youth activism resulting from a new sense of responsibility in regard to climate action.
But as with all change, new concerns emerge. Can digital technology help us protect the environment? What is the environmental footprint of digitalisation? Can digital transformation be sustainable? How can tech help build a circular economy? These are just some of the questions that are being raised as environmental and digital technology issues continue to grow in prominence.