Environmental psychology, like other areas of psychology, has focussed almost exclusively on issues, theories, and methodologies grounded in Western assumptions and worldviews. While this might have been understandable and even excusable 50 years ago, such a position is increasingly untenable. Leaving aside the moral issues, it flies in the face of modern life and cultural experience. The digital world in which we live has changed dramatically our perception, understanding, and use of time and space. It has been argued that through the various expressions of the global economy – the reach of mass media, international holidays, the free flow of capital around the world, surfing the web, etc., time and space now have no meaning. While it may be less of a constraint for some, the effect of a shrinking world has been to change the meaning of time and space, not to render it meaningless. Globalisation and its corollary, global trade and communications, creates pressure towards cultural uniformity in life-styles. The progressive deployment of globalisation has brought on, with reason, fear of a standardisation of values and increased anonymity threatening both individual and group identity. It gives rise to movements demanding recognition of local, regional, and national priorities and cultural differences and therefore also specific needs. This search for identity finds its expression spatially. Furthermore, the increase in regional, national, and international forced or voluntary mobility (e.g., political refugees and asylum-seekers, economic migration of job-seeking populations; executives dislocated by their companies) exacerbates confrontations between cultures with different needs, values, and customs. Globalisation provides the impetus to situate environmental psychology in a more globally, and at the same time, culturally relative framework. The traditional concepts of local community, environmental appropriation, and identity take on new meanings in the context of globalisation and the development of digital societies. In a recent paper with Gabriel Moser (2003), we argued that two topics seem to have been neglected in environmental psychology as they have in other areas of psychology: cultural differences and temporal processes. We suggested that both issues are particularly important at the beginning of the 21st century as on the one hand the processes of globalisation have the effect of destroying cultural differences, and on the other hand, sustainable development is seen as a way of ensuring the long term integrity of bio-cultural systems. The digital city is the virtual landscape on which these processes work and become manifest. For example, the office is no longer locationally fixed and situated in a purpose-built structure to which employees have to commute. I am typing this abstract at home and know that I can send it to the symposium convenor 3000 miles away in a matter of seconds. He, in turn, can send it on to Vienna minutes later, a round trip journey of probably 7000 miles in less than 30 minutes which 20 years ago would have probably taken two weeks. But it is not so much the speed of the communication which, while impressive, we need to focus on but rather the impact this kind of relationship (or lack of relationship) we now have with place has on people-environment relationships. This paper will explore some of the implications of a digital society for people-environment relationships in the context of the environmental psychological concepts of place identity, place attachment, appropriation, and affordances.