Paving the way & WAPPIES

By FEM CUPERUS & ALEX DRIESSEN

In 2034, technology connects us, raising awareness of environmental issues. Communities come together via digital platforms, and tech companies provide environmentally responsible solutions. Together, we aim for a greener future. But it can also go the other way around: In an alternate scenario, people distrust technology due to privacy fears, leading to eco-ignorance. They prefer analog living for security, limiting progress and exposing them to environmental risks like pollution.

Paving the way

In the shift happening in 2034, technology is everywhere, connecting us and raising awareness about environmental issues. Digital platforms unite communities to address climate change and organize clean-up events. Tech companies are developing eco-friendly products and renewable energy sources, benefiting both the environment and the economy. Smart technology helps us save energy and manage resources better. Online platforms educate us about eco-friendly initiatives and encourage conscious consumption. Policies worldwide prioritize environmental protection and green practices. Global collaboration is key to solving environmental problems like pollution and climate change. Together, with technology and sustainable solutions, we can create a greener world for future generations.

 

 

 

WAPPIES

But it can also go the other way around; Where digital innovations are declined and people are eco ignorant. Imagine a world where people distrust technology due to privacy concerns and fear of misuse of their data. The economy is doing well, but there isn’t much digital innovation. For reasons of security, people choose analog living; they choose in-person conversations and traditional entertainment over online ones. Fear of internet companies and government spying is the root of this skepticism. But this mistrust also prevents them from moving forward and exposes them to environmental risks like pollution and limited resources. There is not enough political will to take action in spite of the environmental damage. Egocentrism and conservatism are major factors in this society. People put their own interests above the needs of the collective because they want to feel validated and fulfilled. People’s resistance to change comes from their fear of instability, which makes them cling to what they know and reject stepping out of their comfort zones. This mixture of perspectives increases societal differences and hampers progress, making it more difficult to solve problems like inequality and environmental degradation.

 

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