Building a Sustainable Future with Technology
Understand the impacts of technology on the environment
The climate crisis is one of the most pressing issues we face, with technologies playing a huge part in the destruction of our natural environment. We need to take action and move towards more sustainable models for technology.
On this three-week course, you’ll discover critical approaches to technology and sustainability, understanding the role that technologies play within our lives and how it affects our natural environment.
By the end, you’ll learn to view technologies as part of a broader ecosystem of organic life – as tools with life cycles of their own that have a direct impact on our environment.
Explore feminist and decolonial practices
You’ll start by defining sustainability as you explore how community, government, and corporations take different approaches to sustainability.
Next, you’ll unpack exploitation and climate equity as you look to feminist and decolonial practices. Hearing from a variety of experts, you’ll gain a critical lens to explore the problems we face.
Investigate which sustainable practices meet your needs
To help implement sustainability in your everyday life, you’ll delve into different sustainability practices to explore which ones meet your needs.
Next, you’ll consider how you live with technology and experiment with a creative repurposing project of your own.
Explore sustainable investing
Finally, you’ll explore how the tech industry can manage production processes to work towards circular economies. You’ll also explore sustainable investing including within indigenous communities and using alternative materials.
Guided by the experts at UAL’s Creative Computing Institute and across industry, you’ll finish the course with the knowledge of the impacts of technology on the environment and how we can work together for a sustainable future.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Identify a meaningful approach to technology and sustainability
- Discuss the relationship between technologies and the planet
- Evaluate the problems present in technology production
- Reflect on the outcomes and impacts of varying climate agreements
- Assess a variety of different critical approaches to sustainability
- Discuss the benefits of moving toward circular and redistributive economies
- Assess sustainable approaches to waste materials and repair
- Reflect on our problematic expectations of technology
- Demonstrate how you can put the learning from the course into practice
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in the impact technologies are having on the planet, and what changes you can make as consumers or creators of technology.
It will be particularly useful for those in the creative industries, architecture and design agencies, the technology sector, small business owners, and students.
Feminist Internet is a collective of designers, academics and activists that aims to disrupt inequalities in internet products and services by educating and equipping the people who build them and use them. They do this by bringing together technology, intersectional feminism and creative practice to make tools that provide real solutions.
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