Go Green on Earth Day with Online Learning

Barry Lenson

Go Green on Earth Day with Online Learning

Earth Day 2011, which happens on April 22, is going to be a very big deal. The theme this year is “A Billion Acts of Green©.”  The idea is that if everybody does something to help the earth, all those acts will really add up. To quote from the Earth Day 2011 website, “A Billion Acts of Green® demonstrates the kind of environmental impact that can be made when millions of people, corporations and organizations make commitments, both small and large, to better their environment.”

Distance-based online learning can be one of your green acts this year. Why is studying online environmentally responsible? Here are a few reasons that might not have occurred to you . . .

  • You don’t need to burn gas to get to class, or release pollutants from your exhaust pipe, because you study in your own home.
  • Nobody has to heat up a big school building for you and all your classmates to go sit in, because you are all studying at home.
  • You use less paper, because you submit all assignments online. In many online college courses, you can use digital textbooks and save even more trees.
  • You don’t need to wash your clothes as often, or dry clean them, since you don’t have to wear a clean new outfit to every class.
  • Instead of learning from a large professor who has a big carbon footprint, you learn from your computer, which has a littler one.

About the only environmentally risky part of online learning is that when your computer dies, you need to recycle it responsibly.  Barring that, you are going green.

So why not enroll in an online class? It can be part of your Earth Day observance. And while you are helping the Earth, you’ll be helping yourself too.

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