In pursuit of trying to save the Earth from an untimely demise at the hands of industry, more and more people have begun to live a more environmentally-aware lifestyle.
This desire to live a more environmentally-conscious life can manifest itself in many ways.
It can show up in the way people choose cars, in the way they shop and it has continued to permeate into the aspects of everyday life.
And yet, one way in which people may not consider their so-called carbon footprint is in the way they communicate.
Even the simple act of communication can grade out in different ways in terms of their impact on the environment.
As it turns out, not all methods of communication are created equal.
Earlier this year, an article from NPR touched on the very subject of communication and its carbon footprint.
Specifically, the article sought to find out what kind of carbon footprint texting leave behind.
In search of an answer, NPR approached carbon footprinting expert Mike Berners-Lee, and over the course of the interview, it was discovered that text messages actually didn’t leave much behind.
Taking multiple factors into account, including the energy that was used by the phones involved in the sending and receiving of the message and even factoring some of the resources that may have been required for the creation of the phone, the carbon footprint still graded out to be quite small.
As it turns out, the work Berners-Lee did on the subject revealed that a single text message leaves a smaller carbon footprint than what it may be needed to send one email, make one phone call or even to send a single letter through the mail.
A single text message doesn’t leave much of a carbon footprint, and even accounting for all of the world’s text messages sent in a single year, the total still isn’t all that large and certainly isn’t enough to warrant doing away with texting in pursuit of something else that may be more energy-efficient.
Texting also happens to be a crucial part of modern day communication.
Plenty of people stay in touch using texting, and there are also folks who can stay in touch only through text messages.
Text messaging is also quick as well as convenient, two traits that make it even more suitable in the fast-paced world of 2016.
Given all the pros of text messaging and how integral a part it is of modern life, it’s tough to name any method of communication that may outdo it in terms of energy-efficiency outside of actually talking to someone who lives inside the same house as you on a daily basis.
Texting is not just the quick and easy way to communicate; it may also be the best one to consider for those who are mindful of the carbon footprints they may be leaving behind.
http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/01/07/461381813/how-much- do-your- text- messages-contribute- to-global- warming
Nathan Gabriel is a technology change consultant and sales manager with over 10 years experience in program management, client services, account management and multi-channel optimization. Considerable experience across multiple industries including the Telecommunications, and Media and Entertainment. He specializes in client experience, business process re-engineering, business requirements development, contact center optimization, customer relationship management and organizational analysis. He has led multiple teams in the successful development and implementation of new business models, new desktop applications, and new self-service channels. Helping others understand technology is something he admits to being quite passionate about.
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