All French pupils and students, from kindergarten to university, will be trained in digital sobriety and eco-responsibility from the start of the 2022 school year. This new system is part of the Law to reduce the environmental footprint digital technology (REN Law), which has just entered into force in France.
France is a pioneer in the world for its numerous actions and regulations aimed at raising digital consumers' awareness of the ecological impact of their uses. The new law was cited extensively during the event Digital transition, which we attended, held recently in Angers, France.
This is not trivial. The first three articles of the text of the REN Law modify the Education Code, the French equivalent of the Quebec Law on Public Education, in order to include awareness of digital sobriety and the environmental issues linked to use. digital tools.
This component provides for:
- training in digital sobriety from an early age at school as well as at university entry from the start of the 2022 school year;
- a module on the ecodesign of digital services for computer engineering training courses;
- a new research observatory on the environmental impacts of digital technology.
The concepts of digital sobriety and eco-responsibility include in particular:
- the environmental and social impacts of manufacturing the devices
- planned obsolescence
- the circular economy (reuse, recovery of devices, etc.)
- best practices for reducing energy consumption (favoring text over videos, reducing image resolution, etc.)
More inclusive digital
Even if the new training that will be deployed mainly concerns the use of digital devices, the speakers heard on site, in particular Anne Rabot, of the GreenIT.fr Collective, hope that the new law will become a lever to get the school community to think about more inclusive uses of digital technology.
The challenges of the accessibility of digital tools, the representation of women in digital professions, the deployment of high-speed Internet, the use of artificial intelligence were among others mentioned.
“Teachers will need support in order to be able to master all of these new concepts. For some, this represents a challenge as the digital sector is expanding rapidly, ”mentioned Anne Rabot.
In Quebec, the national service of RÉCIT, field of personal development, offers an activity for secondary 4 teachers who wish to encourage their students to reflect on the impact of digital technology on the environment, " Give me some oxygen ".
If you carry out this activity with your pupils, do not hesitate to write to us to share your impressions and the reactions aroused in class.