Campaign "12 Months, 1 Question": August 2021

Technology, the environment and democracy

Environmental challenges are raising a range of questions about the intersections between climate change, the uses and application of innovative technology and the ability of democracies to respond to these emergencies.

Innovative climate technology can help implement countries' ecological transition- for example, through ensuring global transparency on GHG emissions and climate action, as well as developing AI technology to engage citizens and enhance democratic participation. Innovative technologies are also being used directly to tackle climate change.

However, technologies can also threaten and potentially undermine the foundations of democracy itself- by enabling misinformation, disrupting climate action and reducing the capacities of democracies to respond to urgent environmental challenges.

In August we will discuss the role and challenges of technology in the creation of a greener and more sustainable future.

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