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Act today to help speed up the transition towards a green internet
Did you know the Internet is one of the world’s largest polluters? The Internet industry consumes enormous amounts of energy. The backbone of the Internet consist of dedicated buildings called data centres which house millions of servers which are continuously running. A large data centre is an industrial-scale operation consuming as much electricity as a small town.
Data centres worldwide draw energy from their respective power grids. Most energy in our power grids is produced by carbon polluting sources such as coal, oil or gas. In 2012 there were ½ million data centres worldwide – today there are over 8 million, an increase of 16 fold in 7 years.
The Internet is the fastest-growing carbon polluting industry and it will eclipse all other industries in terms of worldwide pollution. Today, data centres account for 2% of the world’s carbon emissions, that is as much as the airline industry! But it doesn’t stop there – data centre pollution is expected to grow to 14% of the world’s entire carbon emissions by 2040 – unless we ACT NOW.
What can you do?
If you visit a website that isn’t green hosted contact the owner and ask them to switch, use The Green Web Foundation website to check.
If you visit a green hosted website that doesn’t show The Green Web Foundation badge (below) contact the owner and ask them to display to help promote the transition towards a green Internet.
If you run a website from a carbon polluting data centre ask the web hosting provider to go green, state your concerns and intention to migrate to a green solution if they can’t accommodate, if necessary visit The Green Hosting Directory to find a verified alternative green hosting service.
Thank you for reading and taking crucial action to tackle the climate crisis.