HOW THE EVOLUTION OF THE INTERNET IMPACTS OUR PLANET & OUR HEALTH — XR INNOVATIONS IN THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY
By Tania Peitzker — The topics addressed in this article are covered in depth in my Kindle etextbook available on Amazon Books, as well as my iversity online course on the subject of #metaverses #xr & #immersive tech. You can sign up here for Springer’s iversity MOOC by me — On Demand - including a certificate, exercises, challenges and a forum for the community of participants. Let me begin with Kathleen Booth, the British computer scientist and inventor of the assembly language, who has just died aged 100. And the exciting news from successful Spanish climate change activists who campaigned to get the University of Barcelona to make a Climate Emergency course mandatory for staff and…
The Carbon — and Social — Footprint of metaverses, blockchain, XR and Web 3.0
There are now many studies and a lot of data on the carbon footprint of our phones. A recent paper from a researcher at the German multinational Siemens explained in 2022 that the manufacturing of our smartphones accounts for 77% of the carbon footprint of our individual device, while 22% is the environmental damage from daily posting and the use of the internet. Only 1% is the actual electricity required.
ABORIGINAL & ISLANDER HISTORY IN OUR SCHOOLING AND EDUCATION SYSTEM
Growing up in Cairns and visiting the region, you were always confronted with land rights. Or not. There were many local First Nations people who used to sit in our town parks, congregating, commiserating, celebrating. They are less visible now. We don’t see them in large groups sitting placidly, almost meditating, in Martin Munro Park. — Or down in the squares behind the marina, the shady pockets of blade grass and comforting giant figs raining down roots around Fogarty Park and the patch left by the casino to commemorate Dr Koch, Cairns’ malaria pioneer and first notable medic, scientist and hospital administrator. There isn’t much left…
ON CROCS, SHARKS, EELS, STINGRAYS AND JELLYFISH
I strolled through the Palm Cove Markets, watching a surf lifesaving carnival of Nippers. They were doing runs on the beach and seemed to have replaced the game of Flags with an army-type crawl under some rope netting. Further along the beach, their older counterparts were clothed from neck to feet in “stinger suits”. These nylon jumper suits are meant to save you from what could be deadly stings from Box and Bluebottle jellfish. The two deadliest kind we learned about when I was being trained as a beach Lifeguard at the Palm Cove Surf Lifesaving Club.
THE TREES WILL ALWAYS TELL THE STORY — MYCELIUM, ROOTS AND EROSION
Whilst back in Cairns on sabbatical and helping to look after my ageing, elderly parents, I visited my usual haunts. The incredibly beautiful Cairns Northern Beaches and then up to the now glamorous Port Douglas and beyond. “Beyond” as the locals realise, means magical, old FNQ locations like Newell and Wonga Beaches or the globally appreciated, Daintree Rainforest. Heritage protected and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Wet Tropics region stretching from Townsville to Cooktown.
Reviewing the annual Eco Fiesta in tropical Far North Queensland: UNESCO World Heritage Wet Tropics.
I went to the Cairns Ecofiesta for the second year running and was duly impressed: 2023’s highlight was the eloquent female doctor speaking on behalf of Doctors for the Environment Australia — her presentation needs to be compulsory reading for all schoolchildren and adults in this country. The stats are startling. 2022’s highlights for me included the sheer range of environmental groups and charities, the unexpectedly large number of volunteers and climate change activists who are committed to saving the environment of Cairns and its regional wonders.
Merging Multiverses Together: Down Under & Up Over 2019–2023
I was back from Europe in my old Australian hometown for the fourth time since 2019. Here’s what happened; I ended up writing a series of six opinion pieces that were meant to be for a column by a “Cairns expat abroad”. — I believe the content was considered by the editors and publishers of the local newspaper to be too intellectual and controversial for their audience. Understandable as the only reason I engaged with this independent publication was to report it for publishing misinformation on climate change!