Photographing food – this is how Wissing reacts to meanness on the Internet
Transport Minister Volker Wissing wants to keep the energy consumption of digitization as low as possible. He asks if photographing food is really necessary. But his example falls on his feet – and he reacts.
youTo reduce the ecological footprint of digitalization, the G7 countries want to pay more attention to sustainability aspects in the future. “We must not repeat the mistake we made during industrialization, namely that sustainability was neglected,” said Federal Digital Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) after a meeting of G7 ministers on Wednesday in Düsseldorf. Instead, topics such as material recycling, protection of raw materials or reduction of energy consumption should be taken into account.
“For example, we tend to photograph our food,” the FDP politician said. “And if you look at the number of pictures of food in the world, you see a huge amount of energy being consumed.” You have to ask yourself if it is really necessary.
This statement from Wissing came in social networks like the back of a boomerang. For example, a photo appeared on Wissing’s Instagram channel showing him with a plate of late 2020 waffles, signed “Waffeltag. A spoiled minister in the truest sense of the word.”
Wissing responded Sunday night with a tweet: “Does the internet use electricity? Naturally. Should we still use it? Sure. Everyone should be able to use the internet freely, including for photos of food, and politicians should make sure it’s climate neutral,” he wrote.
“We have to think about climate change,” said Japan’s digital minister, Karen Makishima. “We have to think globally, no country can solve it alone.” Every country can provide the best technology it has to ensure a green future.
Wissing and Makishima also presented a final G7 declaration in which the seven states also practice solidarity with Ukraine on the Internet. The document condemns Russia’s “malicious cyber activities, manipulation of information, interference and online disinformation campaigns”. According to the G7, they want to act together.