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Week of Environmental Justice: Round table discussion on The Impacts of Electronics Consumption, Production and Disposal

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

26th February: Round table discussion on The Impacts of Electronics Consumption, Production and Disposal
Nador 11, 004, 17:30-19:00

Human RightS Initiative and Sustainable CEU are pleased to invite you to events as part of our Week of Environmental Justice: Focus on Electronics Production, Consumption and Disposal.

We invite you to a discussion which will focus on the social and environmental impacts of electronics production, consumption and disposal. In the last decade our reliance on electronic devices in everyday life has intensified, while at the same time the further electrification of the energy sector has been touted as step in the right direction towards climate mitigation. In the background of increasing electronics dependence lies the continuous and destructive search for rare earth metals found underground mostly in Africa, damaging mining practices and dangerous working conditions in the search of metals, and complex problems associated with handling hazardous electronic materials at the end of their usage life.

With a panel of invited experts, we will explore the consequences of our obsession with electronic devices, larger systematic and policy issues, and what can be done to discourage human rights violations and environmental destruction associated with electronics production and usage. You will also have the chance to learn more about the Jane Goodall Institute's Cellphones for Chimpanzees Campaign which aims to reduce ecosystem destruction and human rights violations related to rare earth metal extraction in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The discussion will be moderated by Logan Strenchock (Sustainable CEU).

Panel Guests include:

Representatives from the Hungarian Branch of the Jane Goodall Institute

Ervin Tihanyi: Electronic Waste Recycling Director, Intermetal Recycling Hungary

Gergely Simon: Chemicals Expert, Greenpeace Hungary