The Story of Electronics

Ever wonder what happens to your old iPod when you decide to replace it? Or to your old cellphone once you decide that it’s time to move on with a Blackberry or an iPhone?

The Story of Electronics tries to take on that question that we often fail to ask: what happens to our old gadgets once we decide to dump them?

For some of us, it’s a question we never really thought about. We dump our stuff in the garbage, and that’s where it ends. Some of us try to be more green and drop off our old electronics at a recycling centre. The Story of Electronics video exposes the consequences of e-waste and recommends some ways we can tackle this issue as a society.

Main takeaway for me? That this is not an issue we can solve via consumption. The proposed “Take Back” programs certainly sounds interesting and something we should all look into supporting. It’s also pretty clear that this issue can be solved mostly through sweeping policy changes and our individual choices when we shop.

I love technology –  I can’t really imagine a day without my iPhone. But sustainability is also an issue I care about. Watch the video and take action today.

By the way, if you want more information about the Story of Electronics, visit its official website. The video is a sequel to the video “The Story of Stuff”, which went viral and is now being used by some institutions to educate the youth about environmental sustainability.

Canada: Waste Reduction Week

Did you know that October 18 to 24 is Canada’s Waste Reduction week?

It seems as the years pass, Canada’s waste has been increasing! Since one of our core values is “Acting Sustainably,” what have you been doing to do so through your AIESEC work? Do you think we’re adhering to the 3 R’s, or can we do even better?

Here are some a timeline of facts from the Toronto Sun.

1980 – Canada generated 510 kg of waste per capita Continue reading

Support Sustainability – Take part in Meatless Mondays!

“Acting Sustainably” is one of the values that AIESEC seeks to hold. This value implies acting in a way that’s sustainable for the AIESEC organization but also for the society.

AIESEC SFU in Vancouver -  Meatless Mondays Picture

Photo Credit: SFU Volunteer Services

If you’re looking for ways to contribute to environmental sustainability, eating less meat is one way to do so. Meatless Mondays is a global movement that encourages everyone to improve their health and reduce carbon footprint by avoiding meat once a week. Although the idea is to avoid meat for just one day a week, the impact can be huge if many people participate.

You might be wondering how eating less meat relate to environmental sustainability.  Consider the following:

  • According to the David Suzuki Foundation, meat production significantly contributes to climate change.  In fact, livestock production accounts for 70 per cent of all agricultural land and 26 per cent of the land surface of the planet, making it a major contributor of greenhouse gases.
  • Citing numbers from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, the Meatless Mondays official site claims that animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of global climate change. That accounts for more than all forms of transportation!
  • A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that plant-based diets requires less energy, land, and water resources, making them more environmentally-friendly.

Hopefully those are enough reasons to join the movement, but you can also consider the fact that vegetarian meals are usually cheaper and healthier. If you go to Simon Fraser University (SFU), take advantage of the SFU Local Food Project and the SFU Pocket Farmers Market to get some fresh and affordable produce.  You can also buy some yummy vegetarian food on campus, particularly if you go to the Ladle.

Sounds interesting? If you’d like to learn more about Meatless Mondays: