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How to reduce digital carbon footprint

Just read an online article about how to reduce your digital carbon footprint. They came up with solutions like "switch off your smartphone once in a while".


Completely ridiculous, so here are my personal recommendations how to significantly reduce global digital carbon footprint.

  1. Do not play video games.
  2. Do not play video games.
  3. Do not play video games.
  4. Do not play video games.
  5. Do not play video games.
  6. Do not play video games.
  7. Use a laptop instead of PC.
  8. Use a Raspberry Pi instead of a laptop.
  9. Use a tablet or smartphone instead of a Raspberry Pi.
  10. Centralize your data at cloud providers in countries that use cheap and low-carbon nuclear energy.

For the record:
#1 - #6
 With "video games" I mean fully blown graphic rich applications that run locally on your PC and require special video equipment like high performance graphics cards and low response time monitors. Games like Tetris that don't require any special hardware do not fall into this category. The growing market of mobile games also does not qualify for saving a considerable amount of energy.
#10 There is a lot of controversial information out there about the overall costs of nuclear power plants. While some say the price for building a new nuclear power plant is much higher than one for renewable energies, others claim that the ongoing costs to maintain a nuclear power plant are much cheaper and therefore in the end saves money. Fact is, a lot of countries continue to build new nuclear power plants because they do not want to switch to renewable eco-friendly sources. 1 2 3 4

The video game industry has surpassed the combined movie and music industry a long time ago. There are 2.3 billion gamers in the world. And people are worried about f* plastic bags ...