Going green – this is much more than a slogan or a corporate policy. It is a necessity. Protecting our environment is vital to our very survival. As the menacing problem of pollution is increasing with each passing day, saving Mother Earth is humanity’s topmost priority.
As eLearning professionals, we can be proud that the online medium helps educational institutions and companies deliver knowledge and skills in an eco-friendly manner. Let us see how this training format contributes to the well-being of our planet.
E-learning reduces the need for transportation considerably and this means lower CO2 levels
One of the biggest advantages of the online training medium is that training can be delivered anytime, anywhere. Learners need not travel to attend training programs, and the reduction in travel goes a long way in reducing the emission of carbon-dioxide. A study by the Open University at Britain showed that eLearning helped reduce the CO2 emissions per learner by about 85%, and with millions of learners using the online medium, the reduction in CO2 emissions is very significant.
E-learning does not require paper and reduction in the usage of paper means more forests
According to a report by the UN, forests cover 31 percent of the world’s land surface, just over 4 billion hectares. This is down from the pre-industrial area of 5.9 billion hectares. A major factor contributing to the rampant deforestation is the increased usage of paper. According to conserveatree.org, 1 ton of uncoated virgin (non-recycled) printing and office paper uses 24 trees. By eliminating the use of paper, eLearning helps save hundreds of millions of trees and increase the area under forest cover.
E-learning is energy efficient and less use of energy translates to reduction in the use of fossil fuels
We use fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas extensively to meet our energy needs. According to the World Energy Outlook 2014, published by the International Energy Agency, by 2040, 75% of world’s energy would be supplied by fossil fuels. This is a matter of great concern because large scale burning of fossil fuels leads to global warming and other undesirable consequences. The malefic effects of fossil fuels can be reduced by conserving energy – less quantities of fossil fuels are needed if less energy is to be produced. E-learning, according to the Open University, UK, consumes only 10% of the energy when compared to the traditional training formats. It is thus helping mankind reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.
Thus, we see that the online training format is highly environmental-friendly and is helping mankind in its quest to save Mother Earth. Indeed, eLearning is green learning. Wishing you all a very happy Earth Day.