From clicks on Internet to Carb💨n in the air

Are you one of those who starts the day by checking WhatsApp/emails or browsing the net for headlines 🙋🏻‍♀️? And during the rest of the day, we are very often writing emails, checking our social media and if not may be listening to music? If you've replied yes to both these questions then this article is for you 👉🏻👉🏻😊.

All these services through the Internet (data), wireless network, cell phones, and other communication mediums come collectively under the umbrella “Information and Communication Technology (ICT)”. ICT is general helps us save time, conserve trees and not send paper letters, entertain ourselves, do video conferencing and instant messaging. With platforms like Facebook, IG, LinkedIn we can communicate with others across the world as if they were living next door. For me it is a boon.


Little did I know that ICT is also a BIG consumer of electricity and accounts for about 4% of our greenhouse gas emissions globally. Just to give you an idea, it is more that the global aviation industry's human induced CO2 emissions (source: https://www.atag.org/facts-figures.html)!! This figure is expected to double by 2025!


I learnt from BBC that when the Brazilian footballer Cristiano Ronaldo shares a picture with his 289mln Insta followers, it consumes 56mwh of energy which could power 10 typical British households for a year. WHAT??!!