Remember the heatwave back in July? Temperatures topping 40° in the UK, wildfires in mainland Europe and severe droughts across the continent. It’s clear evidence of how much global warming has started influencing the weather in this part of the world. Climate change has been described as “the fight of our lifetime”, and it’s a battle we have to win.
The Great Big Green Week is an event designed to inspire people to stand up for nature and tackle climate change together. In support, our NOS#WakeUpWednesday guide this week is all about how we can each do our bit to help the planet by re-using or recycling unwanted digital devices such as old smartphones, computers and tablets.
Devices like smartphones, tablets and computers aren’t quite as disposable as we’d like. Sometimes, they’re simply thrown away and end up as landfill; often, components such as lead or mercury contribute to pollution of our soil; and even if we think we’re being green by recycling, old tech can still be harmful to those people who physically handle it. To mark #GreatBigGreenWeek, NOS have produced a special #WakeUpWednesday guide with tips on how we can be greener with unwanted gadgets and gizmos – from disposing of batteries safely or supporting environmental charities to repurposing old phones as TV remotes or security cameras. Check out our ideas and do your bit to help the planet!