A smart what? Investigating the global impact of ten years of smartphones

Date: 7 November 2017

Venue: UAntwerp - Stadscampus - Building R - R.014 - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 Antwerp (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: USOS, IOB

Short description: Debate between Manfred Santen (Greenpeace Germany) and Gerrard Fisher (QSA partners)

About the debate

The worldwide use of smartphones has grown tremendously in recent years. Between 2007 and 2016, a total of 7 billion smartphones have been produced. While changing the lives of many, the sustainability of this trend is questionable.

Many smartphones only last for a couple of years, whereas the majority of materials used are not recycled. This debate investigates the global impact of ten years of smartphones.

What are the environmental implications of manufacturing smartphones at large? How should we understand the current production and consumption model? And what alternative models exist to make the whole manufacturing process more sustainable?

Moderated by Filip Reyniers (IPIS International Peace Information Service)

Entrance fee: For free

Registration: Via website

Contact email: janus.verrelst@uantwerpen.be

Contact phone: +32 3 265 56 54

Link: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/campus-life/recreation-commitment/commitment/usos/activities/debating-development/programme-2017/smartphones/