Turning Off Your Camera on a Zoom Call Helps Save the Planet

Turning Off Your Camera on a Zoom Call Helps Save the Planet

If you often find yourself in Zoom meetings in which others on the call don’t need to see your face, you now have a great excuse for leaving your camera off: it can help save the environment. Turning off a camera for 15 hour-long meetings every week would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 9.4 kilograms (20.7 pounds) per month. If one million Zoom users did this, they would save 9,000 tons of CO2, the equivalent of coal-powered energy used by a city of 36,000 in that same month. “Banking systems tell you the positive environmental impact of going paperless, but no one tells you the benefit of turning off your camera or reducing your streaming quality,” says study director Kaveh Madani. Image credits: Header photo by Jubjang/RawPixel, and screenshot by Nicole Waleczek (WMDE) and licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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