Learning in a digital age/LiDA102/Introduction to digital citizenship/Data carbon footprint
|“||The carbon footprint of our gadgets, the internet and the systems supporting them account for about 3.7% of global greenhouse emissions, according to some estimates. It is similar to the amount produced by the airline industry globally... And these emissions are predicted to double by 2025.||”|
—BBC Future (2020)
Operating sustainably and minimising our impact on the environment are increasingly recognised as vital responsibilities of governments, organisations and individuals in the "real" world. However, these are rarely mentioned in discussions about digital citizenship. Yet, as the quotation above from the BBC indicates, the use of digital devices and the internet make a significant contribution to global carbon emissions.