"Turn off that camera during virtual meetings"
Video is 96% of the carbon footprint of a call.
One hour of videoconferencing or streaming emits 150-1,000 grams of carbon dioxide.
(For reference, a litre of gasoline burned from a car emits about 2,350 grams. You can drive about 10 km with one litre.)
@wim_v12e And this mastodon instance probably runs on a single pc somewhere. Its better than facebook (probably)
@Linux_in_a_Bit My fedi instance runs on a Raspberry Pi.
A large component of the emissions is the network between the user and the server. But fediverse is mostly text, that is very low bandwidth compared to audio and certainly to video.
Still, I wish we'd use a more frugal protocol for the fediverse. Running on top of https with JSON is far from optimal in terms of information content per bit.
@vfrmedia If it would only be for a few days per year that would not be a massive problem. Basically, we need to cut emissions globally by half in 20 years. So there would still be quite a bit of headroom for fossil fuels.
The problem is that with business as usual, emissions will rise rather than drop.
@wim_v12e If you drive 10 km with a liter you should change car before concerning about these other problems
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