On Thursday, 27 July 2023, we convened a meeting with the theme, Are we part of the problem, or part of the solution? Digital health and the climate crisis
Climate change – or more accurately, the climate and climate and ecological crisis – is the greatest threat to health this century. The digital health community must become climate conscious – if we don’t, digital health will be part of the problem.
All digital technology is environmentally damaging, from mining materials, manufacture, transport, power during usage and ends up as e-Waste. If digital health isn’t conscious of these issues, we will exacerbate the problem – and harm health.
This session raised awareness of climate crisis as an aspect of digital health, and covered these three areas:
- Minimize environmental harm of digital health
- Digital health services to mitigate the crisis
- Digital health as a tool to reduce the environmental harm of the whole health sector
Peter Benjamin, HealthEnabled