Watch a video with others
If the use of streaming pollutes, the manufacturing of the equipment necessary for its use is the main source of greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, why not opt for the pooling of these objects? Sit on your couch and watch a movie as a family rather than watching a video separately. The opportunity, perhaps, to take out old DVDs from the library.
Favor audio streaming over video streaming
Do you ever come across your grandson or your niece, headphones screwed on, listening to music… from video clips? Listening to music while watching content is not the most environmentally friendly practice. In fact, according to Ademe, the speed of video streaming is 5 to 30 times greater than that of audio streaming. So, if a member of your family especially wants to enjoy sound, don’t hesitate to take out a subscription on a dedicated music platform. Many applications like Deezer or Spotify offer family packs: a way to please those around you while paying the artists.
Download your digital content at home
Using mobile data consumes more energy than on a fixed network. Fiber therefore consumes three times less energy than the mobile network .
All it takes is a small change in habits to reduce the ecological impact of our digital practices. Instead of using 4G or 5G to watch your films or videos, it is better to wait until you get home to use Wi-Fi (or the Ethernet cable for computers).
And if you want to view your content outside your home, download it before leaving to your smartphone or tablet, via a landline connection.
To help you engage in digital sobriety
- Books to better understand digital pollution and find alternatives to limit its impact :
→ Digital hell, travel at the end of a like, by Guillaume Pitron, Ed. The links that liberate, 352 p. ; €21.
→ Striving towards digital sobriety, I take action, by Frédéric Bordage, Ed. Actes Sud, 64 p. ; €10.80.
- Training to progress in digital sobriety: created in 2004, the Green IT collective raises awareness of environmentally friendly practices through books, studies and training.
Government tackles digital pollution
- The digital sector today represents around 10% of French electricity consumption, a figure that is expected to continue to grow by 2025 at an annual rate of 10%.
- To support business sobriety measures, the government announced the launch of “Alt-Impact”. This program aims to broadly train professionals in digital sobriety actions, from eco-design to recycling including extending the lifespan of equipment.