Well, it’s that time of year again where people celebrate their appreciation for Earth and our environment by doing something to contribute to being more environmentally mindful or raise awareness. Like last year, I could remind you of the many ways the internet helps people reduce their impact on the environment, but we’re all pretty aware of that.
Instead, this year, I’ll be briefly talking about why I’m NOT participating in Earth Day.
If you’re not familiar with Earth Day, a quick Google search will give you plenty of information to get you started. Earth Day, held on April 22, is…
…a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. – Wikipedia
Why I’m Not Participating
It sounds a little silly but I’m not really participating because I’m not particularly fond of the idea that people participate once per year… then go on about their lives as normal or with little change. Every day should be Earth Day and we should always be mindful of our impact on Earth and our immediate environment.
Now from some of the things I say about being “green” and being mindful of our environment, some of my friends would call me a “tree hugger” (which there’s nothing wrong with). However, that’s not really the case (I’d embrace it if it was) but rather I’m a bit of a stickler for efficiency. I believe that if it can be done better, then it should be done better.
What does that mean in relation to our environment? Well, the obvious stuff: use energy efficient devices, turn things off when you’re not using them, use paperless billing (email me, I don’t like mail!) and so on. As we all know, the internet has done a great deal of good helping us reduce our unnecessary use of resources (paper, driving to a library, ordering products online, etc) while at the same time making everything more convenient, so take advantage of it everyday — not just today!
Not Just Today, Everyday
Being someone that loves hiking, camping and just getting out for some physical exercise, I think Earth Day encourages people to change their lifestyle for a day (for the environment) when they really need to be thinking more about themselves. Living a healthier lifestyle has a tremendous impact on our environment, not to mention your own body.
Ride your bike to the store when you’re just picking up a few small things, or ride to your friend’s house rather than drive. It’s better for your body and much easier on the environment. Plus, it gives you more opportunities to play with your favorite web-connected mobile electronics.
In what way do you use technology every day to live healthier (or maybe more conveniently) that also reduces your impact on our environment? What ways could you use technology more to further reduce your impact?
One of my personal favorites is using Chrome before any other browser as it’s simply more energy efficient thanks to it’s speed and system resource usage. I would strongly recommend against using any version of Internet Explorer as it contributes to world pollution.
Some other solutions?
- Developers, code better so your apps run more efficiently.
- Use Blackle (a black background version of Google)
- Photographers, focus on shooting pictures correctly the first time rather than taking a million shots and only saving one.
- Use a camera with higher ISO rather than using a flash.
- Use Wake-on-Lan when accessing your computer remotely.
- Start learning to navigate by compass and stars rather than Google Maps.
- Convince your boss to let you telecommute, which also means you can work in your underwear in the summers.
- Close your Facebook account; not only will you be more secure, you’ll be able to get more work done!
So these are obviously humorous solutions but if you think about it, they would still work!
I’d love to hear about the ways you’re using technology to reduce your impact on the environment. Leave a comment below and share with the group!