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Advancing eco-technological literacy is not about deprivation or a return to old craft ways of designing and working with technology; rather, it is about innovation, collaboration, and connectivity. It involves the conscious choice to realign our technological skills and innovation to support as best we can the proper functioning of our planetary ecosystems, because it is in our best interests to do so. This will perhaps be the ultimate intelligence test for humankind. As Sawhill states, “In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy” (2006).


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