Raise your hand if you ever searched for your name, or for amazing information like how many hairs an average dog has.
The WWW made our lives simpler, faster and, let's say it, funnier.
Nevertheless, have you ever thought where all these crazy information are stored?
We have to get in the mindset that this endless space comes to a price.
Of course, the "cloud" isn't an actual fluffy cloud.
There are servers around the world where all the massive quantity of our (often useless) information are collected and stored.
These servers run constantly 24/7, the A/C they need to be cooled generate a considerable amount of CO2.
Do you know how many times we search the Internet every day?
If you've searched for your name or interesting information like "how many hairs does a dog have," raise your hand!
The Internet has made our lives simpler and faster, and more directly, it is more interesting.
However, have you ever wondered where all this huge amount of information is stored?
These endless spaces actually cost a price.
Of course, the network "cloud" is not a real fluffy cotton cloud.
There are servers around the world that collect and store large amounts of information, but most of them are useless.
These servers run 24 hours a day, 7 days a day, and require air-conditioning cooling, which generates a lot of carbon dioxide.
So, from where to start to reduce the footprint of your digital routine?
We are all familiar with the thousand of unopened emails jamming our account, subscriptions that we made and we don't even remember how, when or why.
Well, do yourself and the environment a favor: DELETE ALL OF THEM and UNSUBSCRIBE.
If you haven't read them so far, what makes you believe you will read them any time soon. A little self-analysis: do you want to be constantly updated about every newspaper you read?
Breath and appreciate the satisfying feeling of no longer being overwhelmed by red notification as you get into your email.
Use an Internet search engine that converts its footprint into eco-values. How?
Ecosia.org is a Berlin-based engine that plant a tree on every 45 searches on average.
They claim to tranform 47% of their monthly revenues coming from the pop-up advertisings into trees planting. So, after eliminating their operation costs, marketing activities, and reinvestments, they direct their surplus to cooperate with no-profit organization around the world that help them in reforesting those habitats in serious threat.
Their financial statements are public and for everyone to read. On YouTube, there are numerous videos available comparing Google renewable energy source with Ecosia business model, yet powered by Microsoft resources.
So far, we believe in Ecosia revolutionary idea that profit can be reinvested in saving the planet and great news!, can be used without a VPN!
Another thing you can do, if you love watching videos and tv-series, choose wisely one single provider without subscribing them all. They not only are among the biggest CO2 producers, but also time wasting monsters.
Stop scrolling your phone, close all those apps and get out to enjoy the nature.
Yet, we are not saying that technology is bad. Zer’0 Waste Shanghai itself and all the amazing movements born around the planet protection couldn’t be possible without the support of the social network.
We simply need to take control over our habits, and if necessary switch for different service if this can help protecting the planet, and our lives too.
如果你喜欢看视频和电视剧，还可以做一件事： 与其订阅各种频道，不如选择一家或少数几家媒体。 要知道，视频与电视剧不仅产生大量的二氧化碳，而且还是浪费时间的杀手！