How to surf the web with a clear conscience

10 May

According to an article published on the website of “the Guardian”, the pure usage of the internet causes an emission of “around 300 million tonnes of CO2 per year, equivalent to every person in the UK flying to America and back twice over”. As we are all steady users of the web we should be aware of how we can contribute to the reduction of this threatening number.

While searching the web for ways to “surf eco- friendly”, I happened to come across the term “Green ISP’s”. The “Green Internet Guide 2011” states that Internet Service Providers are among “the biggest supporters of the green movement in technology”, since they reach a massive number of customers. But what does being or becoming a “green” company mean in that respect? To understand that fully, let’s have a look at one example the guide refers  to. Despite its name, Red Jellyfish is as green as the the heart of the rainforest. They raise funds to save the environment, offer an immense amount of information about how to live eco- friendly, sell natural products, use only recycled cardboards and their consumed electricity was completely generated by renewable sources. Their main service, the provision of internet access, includes the protection of 6000 square feet of rainforest per year per client.

After a short while, I realized I was using another green ISP all the time, since I usually avoid doing online searches via Google. Ecosia.org replaced the web giant as my browser’s homepage a couple of months ago. Backed by Bing, Yahoo, and the WWF, the non- profit organization donates at least 80% of its revenues gained by advertising to a rainforest protection programme. A fellow supporter of this ISP is the author of “Google sucks. Use Ecosia.”, even though he can’t be considered an expert, really.

Further searches led me to the least appealing blog post ever created. Nonetheless, it deals with another great and green ISP called Hostpapa. I could spend a lot of time on explaining why this company is such a good choice when someone wants to set up a webpage, but I could never do that in such an eloquent way as this young fellow. Although only his first reason is really important to this post’s issue, this epic background music simply forced me to upload this here.

I hope by giving you a few examples I was able to show you that it’s not extremely complicated or inconvenient to “surf eco- friendly”, that there are a lot of green alternatives and some of you actually consider using them. Believe me when I say, thanks to Ecosia, the hours I spent researching for and writing this post don’t make me feel like an “environmental sinner” anymore.;) 

PS: While gathering information about the posts’ authors, I found out that Mike Berners- Lee (I know you guys heard that name before, but no, that was Sir Timothy;)), one of the creators of the Guardian article I referred to in the beginning, is a leading expert in carbon footprinting. He even has his own blog and although this doesn´t completely fit to this post’s theme, all the soon- to- be Greenpeace activists will enjoy a glance at How Bad Are Bananas?

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3 Responses to “How to surf the web with a clear conscience”

  1. Bruce Spear May 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Fabulous, excellent! Great topic, well-presented, the links work nicely! I love how personal and personable this is. Plus, you send me off to some great stuff, what a great place to visit and click through! Plus, I get the feeling that you are picking up the writing style and phrasing of the people you are reading and so expanding your method and expression. Plus, it is clear that you are having a great time searching. Plus …

  2. Bruce Spear May 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    Here is a better example of searching/linking, https://futurima.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/how-to-surf-the-web-with-a-clear-conscience/#comment-51, by your classmate Philipp!

  3. maxsc21 May 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    That’s a nice one! Not only full of pictures, links and even video but also written in a very pleasant and humorous style. Plus: the topic is highly interesting.. I immediately did some research after having read your post and found some other great stuff. For example this: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2009/08/19/why-linux-can-be-key-green-it
    Never thought that using open-source operating systems could be a “green act”. Maybe my computer will turn green soon 😉

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