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Climate change is one of the most severe threats to future societies (Boulianne et al., 2020: p. 208).
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It is an environmental degradation problem (Vlassopoulos, 2012: p. 104). Therefore, United Kingdom’s government wants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60% by 2050 (Clift, 2007: p. 262).
Digital education and, in particular, educational technology (EdTech) is becoming more and more popular among university students as a potent tool (Bisen et al., 2019: p. 2) that can make education more efficient (Selwyn, 2021: p. 504). As a result, it is expected that the industry of EdTech will grow. By 2025, it is expected that the EdTech sector will be worth 350 billion dollars. Three main reasons let people believe in the high growth of EdTech: the market is still not saturated, EdTech is attractive to investors, and EdTech helps companies and universities to get profits (Benzinga, 2021).
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Because of the high future potential that EdTech holds for learning in universities, it is necessary to explore its effect on climate change. Although high usage of EdTech will decrease carbon dioxide emissions by reducing the need for transportation and university campuses and by helping to increase awareness about climate change problems, this will not be sustainable in the long term. EdTech will need to be rethought because of the high need for data centres, excessive usage of technology, and the principle that humans are coevolutionary partners with nature.
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