Sustainable Technologies to Empower Communities – Bridging Theory and Practice
The 7th International Conference on Appropriate Technology will:
1. Promote Appropriate Technology (AT) knowledge creation, documentation, sharing and transfer to support practice grounded in sound theory
2. Focus on AT contributions that will empower communities while remaining environmentally sustainable, particularly amongst historically oppressed communities.
3. Provide a forum for networking on AT solutions for the 21st century through mechanisms and models to achieve sustainable well-being for all.
Climate change will impact the poorest countries and their people the hardest. Curtailing harmful climate change while eradicating poverty requires sustainable and ecologically sound solutions. Presently, 1.1 billion people in developing and underdeveloped countries have inadequate access to safe water; over 2.6 billion people lack basic sanitation; a third of the planet has no access to a stable, reliable energy grid; and as many or more humans lack access to the internet and the world wide web. Eliminating poverty and improving the quality of life requires increased agriculture, industry and transport productivity, which is possible via improved water, energy and information utilization. Most importantly, public health and human productivity require technology practices that address basic community needs. AT’s vision focuses on enhancing equity and social justice. The implementation of AT should focus on the most marginalized communities and underdeveloped nations. The sustainable promotion of AT requires implementing policies to safeguard the Earth while empowering the broadest possible population. Adoption and promotion of these local, national and international policies should significantly enhance appropriate technology education, research, dissemination and practice.
International Network on Appropriate Technology (INAT)
National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
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