How to control the environmental impacts of the internet?

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All of us like to buy broadband plans, and other internet connection without even considering their impact on our environment. This is getting serious as the use of the internet is becoming more common compared to the past times. All of us need to be conscious about this fact and start educating ourselves along with the creation of awareness from those who are ignorant about it.

Here in this article, we have compiled the information about the impacts of the internet, which you get through your broadband plans and other resources, on the environment, and how we can counter them to minimize their effect. Let us get started with impacts and then how we can control them.

Alarming Impacts of Internet on Environment

The impacts of the internet on our environment are alarming and becoming out of control. You need to know the facts to consider this problem seriously. Here is the list of few impacts that it creates.

  1. Use of a large carbon footprint as the consumption of energy is also increasing with it. So, this is the prime outcome or impact of the internet on the environment.
  2. Our digital activity is contributing almost about 2 percent of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and that is quite a big number to feel fearful about.
  3. Pollution is created due to more video streaming, more use of search engines, and frequent use of emails.

Control of Internet Impacts on the Environment

There are so many ways in which you can control the impacts of the internet on the environment. The most prominent ones are given in the section below. Let us get started with them now.

  1. Start using your gadgets for a longer time. This means that when you buy the laptop or computer system, keep it with you for any years before you throw it out and buy a new one.
  2. Try to learn better management and care of your laptop and similar devices so that they last longer and remove the chance of an environmental issue.
  3. You have to become more responsible and reasonable with the storage that you create online. Keep that to a certain limit, and do not cross it at all.
  4. Try to control your thirst for video consumption, and that is not easy. So, start with simple steps, slow down with time, and eventually switch to need-based streaming only.
  5. You should stop using multiple broadband plans for office and home, rather keep one and connect it everywhere. This is how you can reduce the use of the internet toa great extent.


We are sure that now you will think about buying any connection or broadband plans more than 100 times before finalizing the deal. You can sue one connection for multiple locations, like the same for office and home, etc. This is how we can tackle this situation wisely, but not completely. Try to work on education yourself, become aware, make others aware of the impacts, and then take precautions to prevent it as much as you can.

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