In a new interview with Sputnik Radio Philippe Sibaud, Gaia trustee and author of our Short Circuit and Pandora’s Box reports, discusses how the global mania for electronic gadgets is destroying large swathes of Earth.
Underpinning the global rush for minerals and metals used in the manufacture of these gadgets is an economic system founded upon the myth of infinite growth on a finite planet. This system is at war with life itself, says Philippe, and as a result there are a growing number of people opposing it and seeking new paths into the future.
Describing how Gaia, members of the Yes to Life, No to Mining Network and social movements worldwide are connecting in solidarity and pioneering lived alternatives to resist this systemic destruction and stop it from spreading further, Philippe reveals that around the world a common message is emerging: ‘Enough is Enough!’.
Change must come from the grassroots, says Philippe, as both business and politics are mired in the vested interests growth creates and so try to stifle or co-opt the radical social transitions and transformations required to make our presence on Earth mutually enhancing, rather than destructive. Though big challenges lie ahead, there are many signs for hope as people call for life to be protected over profit.
Watch Gaia’s Wake Up Call animation for a darkly comic take on the destruction and inequality bound up in the lives of our smartphones, laptops and TVs.
Read Gaia’s Short Circuit Report for an in depth journey examination of the true costs of our electronic gadgets at each stage of their lives: extraction, production consumption and disposal, plus an inspiring consideration of the alternatives.
Read Gaia’s Pandora’s Box Report to discover how the extractive industries are behind a wave of global landgrabs.