Posted by: 2stepsback | November 6, 2007

Just put off the pc

See this advisory from BT at vnunet.com

Since it is for SMEs and IMO, applicable to all PC users as well, I am quoting it here:

The five recommendations are as follows:

  • Use conferencing to reduce travel for meetings.
    If every small business in the UK replaced 10 meetings a year with audio conferences, small businesses could collectively save more than 1.7 million tonnes of CO2. Cutting down on travel would also cut expenditure on air tickets, train tickets and petrol.
  • Reduce unnecessary trips back to the office by using mobile communications technology.
    Using mobile communications can ensure that employees do not have to make additional trips back to the office following meetings. With a reduction in employee car travel by the equivalent of two working days a year, small businesses could collectively save more than one million tonnes of CO2.
  • Shut down computers and other electrical kit at the end of the day.
    If every small business in the UK forgets to switch off just one PC monitor at night, they could be collectively wasting enough energy for every person in London to microwave at least two dinners each. As well as helping the environment, turning off equipment cuts electricity bills.
  • Use recycled stationery and save paper.
    If every SME in the UK switched to recycled paper, small businesses would collectively save billions of litres of water.
  • Take-up flexible working.
    By supporting the equivalent of one employee working from home for just one day a week for one year, small businesses could collectively save 516 million kilos of CO2.

The guide has been launched as part of Small Business Week 2007, a campaign dedicated to highlighting the importance and needs of small enterprises in the UK.

Really nice to see such a statement. Shows that you can solve technical problems with social answers.

When a social problem is solved by a technical solution, most likely, that society is in a horrible condition. For example, Linux.
When a technical problem is solved by social cooperation, most likely, that society is in a wonderful condition. For example, again, Linux.

If we just learn a few things from ants, bees, crows and other such negligible creatures, we would probably be much more human than we like to think we are.
Intelligence need no always be used to destroy, after all. It can be used to create harmony and provide solutions as well.

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