Your computer could be hurting our Planet

How technology influences our environment, and how we can make it better.

Webacies
Webacies
Jul 6 · 5 min read

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How does technology impact the environment negatively?

  1. E-waste, which is discarded electronic devices, represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste.
  2. It takes 530 lbs of fossil fuel, 48 lbs of chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to manufacture one computer and monitor.
  3. Most countries still use coal and natural gas to generate electricity. This is a problem because we are constantly mass-producing new devices, thus increasing energy consumption — directly leading to more fossil fuels being burned.
  4. We can travel anywhere via boat, plane, or car. This access to traveling has led to more carbon emissions.
  5. Deforestation and toxic emissions generated to make space for landfills, factories, paper production, and more agricultural sites have been detrimental to our society.
  6. Toxic emissions from disposed of electronics can be harmful to the natural environment, as well as the creatures that depend on it.

How does technology impact the environment positively?

  1. Allowing telecommunications such as VOIP and Video Conferencing has reduced emissions caused by traveling, as well as paper & plastic bottles used by individuals during a meeting.
  2. By finding new ways to generate electricity without the need for fossil fuels, and allowing us to track our impact on the environment.
  3. New technological advancements such as electric & solar-powered transportation, will help alleviate the impact of carbon-emitting modes of transportation.
  4. The production of printed or lab-produced food that tastes and looks the same, such as Beyond Beef, will cut down on the need for agriculture, as well as offer solutions to world hunger.
  5. The Environmental Defense Fund is stepping up to the plate and dedicating its latest technological advancement to stopping methane emissions using satellites to track methane emissions virtually anywhere on Earth.
  6. Building smart cities that will stop traffic congestion and solve urban issues.
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How can you contribute to this?

  • When making a mistake whilst printing, don’t just throw away the paper. Instead, use the back of the paper and print it again.
  • Recycle paper and ink toners instead of throwing them away, and use recycled paper instead.
  • Donate and Recycle used computers and electronic devices to those who can make use of them instead of throwing them away.
  • Be gentle with your computing devices by not being too harsh with the keyboard or screen as this might lead to you having to replace it.
  • Use telecommunications instead of traveling if possible.
  • Use and buy energy-efficient devices, they will usually have an indicator on them such as the Energy Star.
  • Don’t leave your computer plugged in all day, only when it is under 20% charged.
  • Don't leave your computer on all day. Rather switch it off if you’re not going to use it, as this adds to the hardware lifespan of your device.
  • Don’t upgrade or buy new devices if it is not necessary.
Energy Star as indicated on devices
Energy Star as indicated on devices

Following these guides, you will not only save money, time, and energy, but you will also contribute to a cleaner society!

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