World Blog Action Day

World Blog DayWell it’s the 15th and the day has finally arrived where all those that have committed to blogging for world Blog Action Day are posting their items about the environment.

I had a tough time deciding what to write about, as there is so much that needs to be done.

I thought about writing about the lack of recycling for households in Singapore.

I thought about crying out against all the plastic bags that are used in Singapore with the practice of people insisting on double bagging so-called ‘heavy’ items (eg. a 2 litre bottle of washing detergent is considered heavy), to the point where 70% of the bags that they carry out of the store are double bagged (using two plastic bags instead of one).

Then I thought of a project that I can start with today – which is to find a way to solar power my PCs and reduce my electricity bill and my carbon footprint.

First, however, some information on carbon footprinting… Wikipedia has the following definition:

Carbon footprint is a measure of the amount of carbon dioxide or CO2 emitted through the combustion of fossil fuels; in the case of an organization, business or enterprise, as part of their everyday operations; in the case of an individual or household, as part of their daily lives…

TreesSo every day we burn fuel, which ends up as carbon dioxide or CO2. Too much of this is bad… and at the moment, as a global population, we are creating too much. This problem is associated with deforestation, as because there are fewer trees, who would normally convert the carbon dioxide into oxygen for us, we are madly burning these trees, or just culling them in the name of farming. So, on one hand we have more CO2… and on the other we have fewer trees to get rid of it. Sounds like a big problem to me.

So this then makes me think about the very tool that I use to blog – is it not a contributor to the burning of fuel (electricity)? Can we be responsible about computer use? Indeed we can. I have gathered the tips below from a few different sources, and ask on behalf of the planet that you adopt at least one of them from today onwards.

  1. Turn off peripherals – that means printers, scanners, anything that is drawing power. If you are not using it, please turn it off.
  2. Shut down your PC when you’re not using it – this is one that I am guilty of… I have a habit of leaving my PC on all day and night. Firstly it’s not good for the PC, and secondly it is using power unnecessarily. If you do need to leave it on unattended, then at least turn off the monitor. Use a shut-down utility like PowerOff (for Windows) to turn your PC off at night – set it for midnight or 1am in case you forget and it will shut your PC down for you.
  3. Turn things off – all chargers, powerboards, and items that are left on and plugged in, even though there is nothing attached. These are draining power!
  4. Calculate your carbon footprint and then work on reducing it – there are online calculators to help you with this: you are not alone!

I have left this list short, as I am starting with things that I can do immediately. I aim to add to this list over time as I implement my own reduction actions, and I sincerely hope that I am able to solar power the PCs in my home within 6 months. It will save me a fortune as well!

Happy blog day, everyone. Work hard for our environment!

Update: More tips from Lifehacker – Top 10 Computing Energy Savers

Comment posted by ozlady
at 10/16/2007 6:35:44 AM

oh dear… the poor Pandas – but I recommend Bill Bryson’s book to you as well!!! A lesson on evolution!

Comment posted by Ak-Man
at 10/16/2007 6:32:52 AM

Informative read.

Unfortunately I read Pope Terry’s post about the pandas and I shall be forwarding my efforts in that direction.


Comment posted by ozlady
at 10/15/2007 9:36:45 PM

:D Good and well done! Any targets you are setting yourself?

Comment posted by Craver-VII
at 10/15/2007 1:11:49 PM

I checked the zero footprint calculator, but just for the car. I’m below average (in a good way).

Thanks for the heads-up on this.

Comment posted by ozlady
at 10/15/2007 7:19:21 AM

YesBut – I agree on the modernisation, however they usually would burn the forest, move on, burn another piece of forest, and when they eventually returned to the place they originally burned, the forest would have grown back… I could be wrong, but that’s the way I heard it (plus the burning has a renewing aspect to it, doesn’t it?). I also think that this wouldn’t be such a big deal if the climate hadn’t already started warming at the drastic rate that it is. It’s the other pollutants that have accelerated the environmental downward spiral and this poor little “traditional” guy is being lumped with being inefficient, when actually he’s just going down the same toilet that modern man flushed!

I am however renewed. I had written a huge response here about corporate spending and the lust of the dollar, when I just found out that Google is getting behind the environmental push, and are putting their money where their mouth is. Check out the following link:

I’m off to read and work out how I can get as many organisations as possible to participate in this.

Comment posted by ozlady
at 10/15/2007 7:03:23 AM

Your Eminence – umm… no.

But thanks for calling me veracious… I am a veracious blogger, I guess. Next time I’ll go for vivacious!

Comment posted by ozlady
at 10/15/2007 7:03:23 AM

umm… no.

But thanks for calling me veracious… I am a veracious blogger, I guess. Next time I’ll go for vivacious!

Comment posted by YesBut
at 10/15/2007 3:29:31 AM

Hi Stephanie

Firstly thanks for the tips on cropping.

I started reading today’s blog, when the thought jumped into my head – how many trees have to be cut down each day to supply power for blogging?

And the very next paragraph you address the subject. (must be a case of great minds . . .).

We can all do our little bit. Though to be fair while “modern” societies use far more energy, they use it more efficiently than “traditional” societies. The problems of flooding in many deltas (such as the Ganges) is due to deforestation resulting from villagers cutting down tress for use in inefficient open fires used for cooking.

So we all have our part to play – In the West turn TVs off and not leave them on standby over night. In Third World village use more efficient wood burning stoves.

I am now going to do my bit and stop typing

Comment posted by Pope Terry
at 10/15/2007 12:50:01 AM

There good tips, I’ve done one aswell, may not be so helpful though

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