Climate recovery: the road to electrification Climate recovery: the road to electrification

By Raphaella Katzen (she/her)

Climate recovery: the road to electrification

​Replacing our many gadgets as they break has become a default part of modern living. It’s an event that happens every year, or (hopefully) every few years, and is one that is met with annoyance but not resistance. We know our machines will break – our phones, computers, cars, vacuums, cameras, bikes – we buy these items aware that their life span is measured in years. By the time their anxiously anticipated expiry date finally rolls around, we’ve already been tempted by newer, speedier, glossier, higher-tech and – let's face it – better versions, that dupe us into inevitably starting the process all over again.

No matter how thrifty someone claims to be, a flip phone is now a prehistoric relic only to be pulled from the bottom of an old dresser for a Y2K-themed party. The vintage bike you bought on Facebook marketplace is stylish and has a basket for your groceries, but there’s no denying that the latest electric bike would get you to work in a quarter of the time. 

The practicality of these new gadgets is irresistible even for the devout anti-materialist. Whether consciously or subconsciously, as humans we are constantly seeking out tools to make our lives easier, to help us build things better, to get us places quicker, to connect us with our friends faster. Replacing our gadgets with the latest model is undeniably the most effective way to do this.