Sustainability is one of those words that has lost most of its meaning thanks to the constant drumbeat of corporate marketing and greenwashing. “Going green” often means buying some useless carbon credits or putting some buzzwords on a label. It rarely seems to have any value.
But as the planet moves into an uncertain future due to climate change, true environmental stewardship requires us to take a closer look at the meaning of sustainability and how we can achieve better results in a world governed by digital devices.
In this series, The edge looks at how key aspects of our lives – from the devices we use to the food we eat, the cars we drive and the homes we live in – are changing in ways previously considered impossible. Along the way, we seek to answer some key questions such as: Can we build homes that resist climate change? Is there a truly repairable smartphone? How can you charge an electric vehicle in the middle of nowhere? Can AI help farmers meet the demands of the future? And will robot cars make pollution worse?
Because if the future is to be sustainable – truly sustainable – the work must begin now.