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Earth Day 2012 Infographic: Memes Are Destroying the Planet!

April 19, 2012
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This Sunday is Earth Day 2012, when us earthlings devote the entire day to planting trees and recycling plastic water bottles in retribution for the havoc we’ve been inflicting on the planet for centuries.

(Almost) everyone knows how pollution has affected the Earth and the disastrous consequences of relying too heavily on fossil fuels rather than migrating to renewable, alternative energy sources (I’m looking at you big oil).

You probably already know that it’s important to buy local rather than encourage supermarkets to ship exotic out-of-season fruits across the country in refrigerated units, resulting in huge carbon emissions. Maybe you even ride your bike across town to get to work, recycle every slice of unwanted paper, unplug all electrical units at night, and scoff at factory farm meat.

But there is an anti-green culprit lurking among us – the internet! Our greatest friend and foe.

That’s why we created the Earth Day 2012 Infographic to illustrate the negative impact our internet usage has on our beloved planet Earth. But there’s an upside! The Internet has some positive effects on the planet too. Read on to find out what they are.

Here are some creative ways to use this Earth Day 2012 Infographic:

  • Show this Earth Day infographic to your boss and maybe you can start telecommuting. Come on, it’s for the environment! And it will make you $40,000 happier!  
  • A reason to be productive—every time you procrastinate by googling pictures of goofy cats or laughing babies, you’re slapping a tree in the face. Trees help you breathe, so show some respect by staying on task.
  • We get one more reason to hate spammers. You may be selling incredible Viagra discounts, but you are also destroying the planet, you monsters!

Click on the image to see the full-size infographic.

Earth Day 2012 Infographic

Comments

Alex from webhosting
Apr 19, 2012

I think soon the percentage of people that work from home will be much higher the corporations realized that its much cheaper and works the same way as the work in the office. 

Victor Pan
Apr 20, 2012

Love the silent plug Alex.

With the advances in enterprise conference solutions, we certainly think it'll be the case in the future.

Gaia
May 01, 2012

Carbon Dioxide is a natural part of the respiration of the earth. It is as natural as oxygen. Plants need carbon dioxide or they will die. Oxygen emissions and carbon dioxide are both needed for life.

Megan Marrs
May 01, 2012

You are absolutely right, carbon dioxide and oxygen are very important elements that make life possible on Earth! The problem comes from excessive carbon emissions due to human influence.

Carbon dioxide helps trap heat on Earth, which is why it is referred to as a greenhouse gas, and this enables life to exist on earth. However, when an excess of carbon exists in the earth's atmosphere, it traps too much heat in, severely altering the Earth's natural ecosystem. The concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased by about 35% since the beginning of the age of industrialization in the 1700s. Our reliance on fossil fuels and increasing industrial activity has resulted in a dangerous excess of carbon in the Earth's atmosphere.

Think about it in terms of baking. Baking soda is a key ingredient in most baked goods, but you'd have a mess if you added too much. Like a delicious cake, the Earth is pretty delicate when it comes to chemistry.

Hope that helps!

David Bellona
May 07, 2012

 

Very compelling post, however, one number jumped out at me at being very wrong: "In 2005, the United States had a total of 10.3 million data centers". I think the designer meant 'servers' instead of 'data centers' as it has been estimated that Google had about 900,000 servers in 2011 (http://bit.ly/pQOXru) and there were just over 500,000 data centers that same year (http://bit.ly/vBb2Ue).
 
Also hinted but not mentioned is Jevons paradox, better known as the rebound effect. It explains as technology allows for faster and easier access to a resource, that resource becomes cheaper and used more quickly. The consequence is a low-carbon habit resulting in a high-carbon lifestyle simply because we do it more.

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