The Carbon Footprint of the Digital Age
When we think about lowering our carbon footprint we tend to think of turning off lights, lowering heating and reducing the number of times we use our cars, however, while these things do matter this infographic highlights the carbon footprint of the digital age.
Every time we send or receive emails, carry out a Google search, put a ‘Like' on facebook or watch a YouTube video we are generating CO2 emissions. In fact, no matter what you use your computer for you are contributing to producing escalating amounts of CO2.
The infographic provides a host of comparison statistics to put things into perspective, giving you insight on to the potential and actual harm the digital age is having on the planet. Some of the largest digital giants, such as Google, facebook and Amazon, are already attempting to rectify the problems they are causing by focusing on sustainable operations and being carbon neutral.
As we become more aware of the problem it is hoped that our digital habits will change. While the footnote at the end of many emails asks you to think of the planet before printing, much more effort is needed on a global level if we are going to actively contribute in lowering our carbon footprint and help save the planet.
Read through this infographic and you'll find that with a little less streaming, fewer tweets and emails really can make a difference if everyone makes a real effort to reduce their CO2 emissions.