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5 ways to promote Green computing
With the boom of our technology, thousands of new devices brought upon by technology are released every now and then. Most of them claims to be better than what we have right now. They can be upgraded computer systems, more powerful phones, laptops, tablet PCs, an awesome home theater and many more. There are countless possibilities for improvements and all of us are very excited on how technology can lead us to a better way of living. However, have you ever thought about its negative effects? Even a coin has two sides. That is why it is a fact that even our technology gave birth to some unsightly effects. This problem has been constantly neglected through the years and we are slowly feeling its presence today which is very alarming. I know my lone efforts will not be enough to create change. But if we stand united, nothing is impossible. Here are some ways for you to start an advocacy in your own little ways.
Buy what you need
Honestly, I was planning to purchase a new laptop and dump my old one. However, I was left thinking if my action is reasonable. Do I really need a new laptop? I have a good desktop where I can do my 3d projects and other computer activities that require higher computing power. We have a decent television if I plan to watch a good movie. And my old laptop is still in good shape. After reading some online contents, I found out that one of the largest contributors of global wastes is the IT industry. And after knowing it, I was fixed with my decision. I do not need a new laptop. You can also do likewise. Do not be selfish. Think of others. Think of earth.
Use an LCD monitor
I am not here to promote any brand but it is a fact that LCD monitors are more environment friendly compared to the conventional CRT that most of the industries use. LCD televisions are energy efficient and emits lesser amount of radiation compared to CRTs. Nonetheless, this problem is a big issue especially to third world countries where people cannot afford to buy televisions that uses LCD technology. It is a good thing that some companies are offering trade ins. You can reduce the price of purchasing a new LCD TV given that you will hand them your CRT. I commend the companies that is doing such noble act. Although they might intend to do such a wonderful offer for advertising purposes, but the effects are not only beneficial to the customers and the company itself but most importantly to our environment.
Don't be shy to turn it off
Use the computer only when needed. If you have a laptop, use it more because it is has a lesser energy consumption compared to your desktop. I am working online but I make it sure to use my desktop only when needed. I stopped playing computer games and doing unnecessary stuffs on my computer because of this advocacy. I was also concerned with my health because using the computer too much caused me some headaches. Be with me and never hesitate to turn your system off. Do not worry if it will easily be damaged through constant on and off because that is only a myth. The truth is, we need to conserve energy and you can certainly be a big help even by just pushing that button every now and then.
Be reponsible to your technology waste
Like I said awhile ago, the IT industry is one of the leading contributors of what they call e-waste. Constant upgrades are made and it will not only mean better performance but some dumped old technology as well. Have you ever wondered where are they now? Keep in mind that materials used in building computers systems are not organic. They will not rot. If buried, they will remain there for years and might even cause pollution if left unattended. There is nothing that we can do about it now. We do not have the authority to create a big move towards a solution to this problem. However, we can start within our family. Teach the younger ones to reuse. You can return a broken keyboard, mouse or any electronic device to the manufacturer so that they can recycle or dispose it properly. Be creative. There are even some who were able make works of art out of these materials. There is nothing impossible as long as we work hard on it and be devoted towards such a wonderful cause.
Don't wait for tomorrow. It is never too late. Do not let hope fade away. I know it is never easy and I might be just delusional about this cause but I just can't stop thinking about the generations that will shoulder all that we did today. Let us think of others for once. Think about your child, your grandson and the future generations. The once I mentioned are just the basics and there are hundreds of actions that you can take to promote our environment. Nonetheless, I hope my article inspired you to make a move. Be involved and lets do it together.