Where we talk about telephone operators, Thoreau and Greta Thunberg, France Gall and our digital responsibility...

On the one hand, Switzerland's number one telephone operator has made it an unstoppable selling point: "The best network does even more. With 5G, everything is faster, more reliable and more efficient than ever. With new opportunities at stake. For collaboration. For the economy. For Switzerland. "Last June, a competing operator announced the first installation of an antenna on the Oerlikon side and a world record for connection speed and download speed. In a way, the 5G, from home as everywhere, is a bit like the digital arms race. Who's going to draw first to get the most out of it?

On the other hand, wild poster campaigns flourished in the streets, highlighting that 170 scientists from 37 countries were sounding the alarm, mainly for health or environmental reasons. In its latest report, the think tank The Shift Project announced that digital technology now emits 4% of greenhouse gases worldwide (more than civil aviation, by the way). What about 5G then? Anne-Cécile Orgerie, a researcher at the CNRS, recently answered the questions of Le Vif, an excellent Belgian weekly news magazine: "With the increase in bandwidth per user, we will most probably witness an explosion in usage, and therefore in resource consumption (...) The imagination of connected object designers leads to ever more services, which then become needs for an ever-increasing number of users. »

The Swiss collective frequencia brings together parents, doctors, technicians (...) or any number of friends of nature. Robins from the rooftops of everyday life. Their credo is to "live in a world where technologies must adapt to man and nature, not the other way around. "Without advocating a return to the wooden cabin of Thoreau.

Being for or against 5G sends us back to a debate as old as the world, between those who oppose the old and the modern... or even the followers of the neither yes nor no.

Techno vs. green

From then on, the case seems to have been heard. If we want to stay "in the loop" and not return to the Bakelite phone that the millennials don't even know about, the 5G will prevail, under penalty of seeing all the old systems become obsolete, worn out, due to lack of internal resources. For Anne-Cécile Orgerie, faced with the inevitable, a solution: "To make the user aware of the impact that the use of digital technology has on him... ». Delete the photos that we store for convenience, delete the emails that pile up by the thousands.... In short, to commit to a form of digital sobriety.

As the collective frequencia points out, "we encourage progress and innovation, but not at the expense of our health or our environment. »

As is often the case, it is difficult to paint the devil on the wall before it has clearly manifested itself. Everyone is responsible for this. As Greta Thunberg put it so well: "No One is Too Small to Make a Difference".

A song to close the subject

Finally, let us go back to a mythical date for many reasons. 1984, a prophetic year for George Orwell, a lyrical year for France Gall who released one of his many hits - yes, they said hits at the time - Unplug.

Here's the chorus:

"Unplug it.
Turn off the light and turn off the sound
Unplug everything
Unplug, unplug, unplug, unplug everything
Let's get back to us
Unplug everything. »

A track that we prefer to sing at the top of our lungs rather than play it over and over again from any platform on demand. Digital simplicity is essential!

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