If we don't change our behavior, our internet use could require 20 percent of the total global electricity requirement in ten years, according to the French think tank The ecological footprint of our digital behavior will grow exponentially. Video streaming, video calling and online gaming resulted in fifteen times more digital traffic in four years, according to IT company Cisco estimates.

That energy consumption also involves CO2 emissions, while we should actually reduce those emissions.

It is therefore time to align our digital lifestyle with our sustainability ambitions. Social media algorithms encourage us to share a lot, while every post, share and like costs energy and thus contributes to CO2 emissions and resource consumption.

There are a number of simple steps with which internet users can significantly reduce their online energy consumption and thus their CO2 emissions. Clean up emails, minimize your cloud, turn off your camera, switch to a lower resolution, and only share what matters with those who care about it. By moving large files from the server (the cloud) to the hard drive and simply sending less. Often, you can already make a big difference by adjusting a few settings in your favorite apps. Just turning off the “autofill” option in your search engine saves an average user (who gets their power from fossil sources) more than 100 kilos of CO2 annually.

Behavioral change
Popularity seems nice, but it's not optional. View a post, repost it, and how many followers. We will really need to send less data back and forth in the coming years. I am also guilty of posting this.
#data #storage #CO2 I post what I see, read, listen, think and come across. Source: NRC

Should there be a personal data limit?