Sunday, April 25, 2010

Environmentally Responsible - Another by Leal

Okay. So, our fearless heroine is currently under the weather and too ill to write. So I thought I'd come in and maybe suggest not exactly a handmade shop today, but a site that runs along the green theme which is often an underlying thread to the posts here on The Meandering Musings.

I ran across a site today that takes being environmentally responsible to a new level, and I thought that our readers might be interested in it too.

The site is a German based project called Machs Gruen, and although a good portion of the site is in German, they offer English translation.

Essentially, “My blog is carbon neutral” is an initiative, originally started in Germany by the “Make it Green” programme, that has the goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. They plant a tree for your blog and thereby neutralize your blog’s carbon footprint for the next 50 years! Did you even know that your blog had carbon emissions? I mean, I didn't. But after it turns out it does.

From the site: "According to a study by Alexander Wissner-Gross, carbon neutral  coupon with kaufDA.dePhD, physicist at Harvard University and environmental activist, an average website causes about 0.02g (0,0008oz.) of carbon dioxide for each visit. Assuming an average blog gets 15,000 visits a month, it has yearly carbon dioxide emissions of 3,6kg (8lb.). This can mainly be tracked back to the immense energy usage from (mainframe) computers, servers, and their cooling systems."

The cool thing is, it doesn't cost you anything to participate either. Just a blog post and an e-mail. So even if you can't afford to give to charity or environmental causes in the more "traditional" cash-based ways... you can still participate in this programme.


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