Your Internet browsing leads to greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions

What’s the occasion for such geeky title?

Tester’s Day and Programmers Day! Best wishes to you all.

Using the celebration time, I would like to pint out the matters that bother me for some time: greenhouse gas emission, electricity consumption, ecology and the care for our planet in general.

Do you remember this old-fashioned message at the bottom of each email that we started to put in the email footer to prevent it from ruining forests? It was the time when people discovered that there is no point in using printed messages, when we can exchange them virtually.

This step pro-nature was great and changed people’s way of thinking.

A letter was no longer a hand-written piece of paper, that requires a post to be delivered, it started to be easy, quick and accessible in real-time for all internet users.

On the other hand, with the growing networks of friends, or employees in the companies we work in, the need for easy, but sometimes pointless communication, flourished and become our daily routine.

When a vintage letter was sent over to a person, it usually consisted of important news, documents or an ask for some action. Today, on our private accounts, we receive multiple email messages advertising something, informing about events we don’t need or form people we don’t know. At work, it is even worst. Sometimes I have the impression that HR departments, in their goodwill, sent multiple emails to LITERALLY everybody in the company’s mailboxes due to information about some events or actions we don’t need or don’t care about.

It wouldn’t be so bad, if it was just a matter of bothering people – we all have a SPAM folder for it.

Today though, I would like you to take a look at the completely different angle of sending out tons of spam. Electricity.

80% of the energy consumed in the world comes from fossil fuels, and CO2 accounts for the great majority of our greenhouse gas emissions. Electricity is not a magic power that runs computer – it has it’s the very concrete source in the ground – no matter if we use coal, gas or any other fuel to produce it. Where is the connection between sending emails TO ALL and electricity? Think twice.

Pointless emails are not the only sources of wasting electricity. there are web resources, such as videos, pictures, hi-tech content, that use more energy than any old website would. The more fireworks you have on your website – the more energy it consumes. The more people watch it – the more greenhouse gasses fly to the atmosphere. It is really sad, because each of us would like to be modern and hi-tech, would like to have the best websites they can and be the most influential. What we need to remember is that the price for it is high.

The same is with our modern needs – constant browsing. The more you browse – the more energy it takes. Not only at the tour end, but definitely at the end of all those poor servers, which host your favorite websites and services. I know that this is how the modern world works, but I also think that this is something that we don’t think much about. When we scroll Facebook feed – we sometimes think that it consumes (wastes) our time – not necessarily that it consumes piles of bytes and energy.

To learn more about climate change and IT impact, I encourage you to check your website’s impact on the environment, using Firefox addon – Carbonalyser. I also encourage you to write fewer emails and just in really important matters. just be kind to our Planet.

In case of any comments – go to the comment section below or stalk me on Twitter, and yes, I’ve removed my Facebook account. This is my little step.

Cheers!

Kudos

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Derived from Greek word “κῦδος”, meaning “fame” and “glory”, became particularly popular in social media nowadays. I saw the other day some friends of mine posting Kudos pictures on their LinkedIn walls, in order to thank their peers for something.

I thought it is a great idea because in our workplaces or professional lives we sometimes tend to overreact on hard, upsetting situations, but not always appreciate these tiny little acts of kindness that other people provide us with. I think of great work within the project, but also professionalism and just being a human in your company, community, and society. Sometimes we forget to say thank you or sometimes it seems obvious for us that people do a great job, because they want to and they step out their comfort zone, which, in reality, is not obvious and it requires effort.

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Local Kudos

At first, I need to say Kudos to my Man – you are the most supportive person ever!

Kudos to my great teams at New Voice Media, who helped me to expire the field of Product and taught me a lot about the project, processes, and people. Sorry for being a pain in the ass from time to time 🙂 It is an ongoing great journey, full of adventures 🙂

Kudos to the best Scrum Masters / Agile coaches at New Voice Media, who made me grow as a tester and Product Owner. There are/were people that taught me how to make Scrum fun again. I need to say κῦδος to Ewelina Wyspiańska, who is the best Scrum Master I’ve ever met and a great friend as well. She facilitates the meetings in the way that all benefit from those. (She can draw too – I can’t 😦 ). She is also one of the pillars of the Wrocław Agile community and volunteers to share her knowledge and skills with everybody.

Kudos to Helen Lisowski for amazing agile inspirations – she always says that the work of a great Scrum Master is invisible. I couldn’t agree more. She writes great articles and shares her knowledge on multiple events. She’s just great!
And, of course, kudos to Piotr Wieczerzak, who was a good spirit for the entire office and now everybody is weeping around the office, when he is not at NVM anymore.

It is important to be surrounded by the people, who believe in you, in your skills and try to cheer you up at work (for example by bringing donuts).

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Picture from: kudosmedia.com.au

Local Community Kudos

I need to say a few words about our local community heroes, people, who volunteer their time and skills to create events, write articles, blogs, do presentations for fun and for everyone else’s benefit. Kudos to great Test:Fest organizers – each year they do a stunning (FREE!) event for local testers. They not only host a fantastic conference but also take responsibility for beginner speakers and pair with them to teach how to speak in public.

Kudos to so many great individuals, who inspire me on daily basis with their knowledge and point of view (I see what you write and say on the internet!) – Aleksandra Kornecka – this girl is on fire! She speaks at the conferences, runs a community for female testers and organizes events for beginners in testing to help people join IT.

Kudos to Joanna Moćko – the good spirit of many Polish testing events – such as Testing Cup – for being a shining star on all of the conferences – always ready to help – always on time.

Kudos to Zuzanna Pacholczyk and all PL Geek Girls Carrots – I admire Zuzanna’s energy and ideas in running GGK meetings in Wrocław. I had a privilege to be part of two of them and those were very important events for me. Kudos to Zuzanna for driving women to get into technology and showing them this option as an achievable choice for a professional career.

Ladies first, but I just want, as a software tester in Poland, say kudos to Piotr Wicherski – a person who is guilty of being super-patient, super- understanding and super-helpful for all young testers looking for the answer. Piotr is a book of wisdom in the field of software testing, recruitment, and local events 🙂

Worldwide Kudos

Kudos to Daniel Knott, Rob Lambert, Jo ColantonioMaaret Pyhäjärvi, Danny Dainton, Maciej Wyrodek, Victor Slavchev , other bloggers, authors and all the people, who inspire me to grow – for great writings, even better conversations, and meetings full thought exchange.

Kudos to communities, which teach and enable testers to develop in their field and just create new opportunities for recognition.  Kudos to Ministry of testing for AAAAAAAALLLLLL they do. Kudos to Rosie and Richard, who still want to move on, write, review, present and create new communities for testers.

Kudos to Abstracta US, for empowering me and reminding that I have a blog and the audience, who is waiting for the next article 😀 It helps a lot!

Private Kudos

In the end, in the world full of terrors ;), I would like to say just kudos to YOU, my Reader, who visit the blog and even during the toughest days, when I say, oh crap, I’m closing the website, just come and read and visit and say hello sometimes on Twitter.

It is very nice to have you here 🙂

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P.S. Writing this article cheered me up a lot. I thought about all great moments I’ve had with all of you 🙂