“What even is a Zoom?”
“I do not know…”
– Tiffany Toobin (Heidi Gardner) and Madame Vivelda (Kate McKinnon), SNL
Last October, SNL had a great sketch about a group of friends who go see a fortune teller…in 2019. They ask about the year 2020 and are beyond confused with what the fortune teller sees. This sketch is so relatable for everyone. Who even used Zoom before 2020?
But now Zoom has become a necessity for many of us whether it is to work, to attend school, or to stay connected with loved ones who live far away. Now that Zoom is a part of the new normal, studies are looking into the environmental impact of remote work and at home entertainment. According to a study published in the journal Resources, Conservation & Recycling, one hour of videoconferencing emits 150-1,000 grams of carbon dioxide, but leaving your camera off can reduce your footprint by 96%.
Let’s say the average person is on Zoom for 2 hours a day for 5 days a week and runs their camera the full time. That is equal to 171.6 – 1,144 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year. By turning your video off, you can save 164.70 – 1,098.24 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year, which is equivalent to 8.4 – 56.1 gallons of gas!
So for your next Zoom call, use your camera to say hello, but if possible turn it off for the remainder of the meeting. Post a fun (or professional picture) to be the screenshot when the camera is off so people still “see” you.
Now for a good laugh, check out the full SNL sketch here.
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