Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Webinar: Teen Earth Optimism – Exploring Cellphone Sustainability

Archived Webinar

The Zoom webinar with Cultural Anthropologist Josh Bell aired July 21, 2020, as part of the Teen Tuesday: Earth Optimism series. Watch a recording in the player above.


You might spend hours on it everyday, but have you ever thought about what materials are actually inside your cellphone and where they come from? Join us as we dive deep into how our cellphones are made, and how cellphones connect people around the globe through communication, culture, and resource use. Learn how changing the way you use your own cellphone can make an impact on global sustainability!

Speakers include: Smithsonian Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Josh Bell and local teenagers Kani, Asia, and Maggie from the National Museum of Natural History's youth internship programs.

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Resource Type
Videos and Webcasts
Grade Level
6-8, 9-12
Earth Science, Engineering and Technology, Anthropology and Social Studies