Your shiny new iPhone is killing the planet…
Its really sad to say!
The most unique feature of mine is the existence of life, and the most extraordinary feature of life is its diversity. Plants, animals, and fungi inhabit the Earth. So, do 7 billion of you. But its really upsetting that your reckless actions are dismantling my ecosystems, eliminating genes, species and biological traits at an alarming rate. Now you need to question yourself!
How such loss of biological diversity will alter the functioning of ecosystems and their ability to provide society with the goods and services needed to prosper.
Often you people focus on the power consumption aspects of technology.
There’s another entire part of the equation that deals with the components that are used to assemble the servers, workstations, and other devices — including the iPhone — that we use every day. Just how much of an impact on the planet do the devices have when they’re being assembled and what kind of an impact do they have when they’re past their prime?
Let’s take one simple device as an example of the problem — the iPhone. Apple sells one million iPhones within 3 days of releasing the new iPhone . Steve Jobs had hopes to sell 10 million iPhones within the first year. That means that potentially 10 million older devices are headed for the landfill as a result of the iPhone’s introduction.
What’s inside of those 10 million devices? All sorts of wonderful minerals and chemicals like PCB, lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium, phthalates, and cholorine. That’s just the devices that are being retired. It doesn’t include what’s in the iPhone itself.
The first version of the iPhone was full of hazardous chemicals. Apple promised to make the next iPhone more environmentally friendly, but as you can see when it was disassembled, there’s not much between it and when it was cracked open.
Now Thankgod, everywhere this is not the same!
In India, Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed god, Ganesha.
The festival is celebrated by families at home, by people at their places of work and in public. At home, an appropriately-sized clay image is installed and worshipped with family and friends. At the end of the festival, the idols are immersed in a large body of water such as the sea, river or a lake. The clay idols disintegrate over time in the water.
This really pollutes the water and contaminates it to an extend that it turns into harmful toxic non drinkable water for the community.
Calling it his tree-ganesha, 29 year old sculptor has created something simple yet extremely innovative.His Ganesh idol gives birth to ‘new life’ as he likes to call it.
Explaining the concept he says,”The idol is made by hand and I use all natural materials for it which makes it easy to dissolve and the seeds inside begin to germinate eventually. Ganesha lives on in his creations – the plants.”
I know you may feel overwhelmed and paralyzed about how to help me, and that you don’t trust that your effort will make a difference. You’re wrong in thinking that because every little action matters. I am in crisis and lives everywhere are at stake. If you can accept and honor the truth of how much I’m suffering, and that it’s your actions that can heal me, then I trust you will find a way to help. This isn’t about you or me, it’s about rescuing our home and protecting what we need if we’re going to survive. While I can never return to my original state of wholeness and health, you have the power to keep me in remission.