Earth Day is upon us and many in the world use this date as a reason to analyze how they're impacting the environment, be it positive or negative.
The most powerful tool in the arsenal of scientists and those who wish to preserve the planet and slow down the rate of human-made destruction is education. No one "big change" can be enforced to solve all our problems, but with everyone doing a little thing here and there makes a difference.
But how can one do a little learning and get started in living a slightly more green life? As well as checking out the official Earth Day website for resources and materials, we've compiled some suggestions for you to go through.
Go green with Microsoft
Teaming up with Microsoft to color oneself a darker shade of green isn't difficult as there are a number of options available to consumers. Firstly, you can switch to digital downloads for software, apps, and games, reducing your travel footprint to pick up, or receive delivered physical copies.
Microsoft lent their support to Growing Underground last year, a green initiative to turn abandoned underground spaces into viable farming facilities.
The Windows Store on the company's desktop OS has a large catalog available, but if you can't find what you're looking for there's a massive online world to venture into. Cutting down on plastic and other materials can help.
Once you're done with older technology or devices that simply aren't fit for purpose anymore, you can simply throw them away after wiping the storage, but you could go one green stage further and trade them in. Whether you have a laptop, tablet, phone, or gaming console, Microsoft will offer rewards through the company's trade-in program. If the product isn't eligible for a reward, Microsoft will ensure it's wiped and recycle it for you. All you have to do is take the device(s) to your local store.
What is Microsoft doing to help?
Beyond recycling your goods, Microsoft are heavily involved in various green initiatives. Here's just a few articles worth taking a look at, if you're feeling the green!
- Microsoft Expands Support for The Nature Conservancy for Earth Day
- Microsoft and Interconnection partner for an Earth Day recycling event in Redmond
- Microsoft: Carbon Neutral since 2012
- Microsoft's Green Blog
Handy household tips
Here are some handy tips one can use to make their household a little greener without negatively impacting their way of life:
- Recycle everything that can be taken in by local companies/authorities.
- Turn off the lights when you don't require them.
- Shut down electronics (or put them to sleep) when not in use.
- Maintain a lower temperature when not at home with a smart thermostat.
- Walk, cycle or take public transport to save adding more pollution.
- Reduce the amount of meat you eat.
Your Earth Day
What will you be doing this weekend to help make a small, but significant change? We'd like to learn about any events or unique solutions you'll employ so be sure to sound off in the comments!
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.