The Interesting Connection between the Environment and the Media
August 10, 2018
I was browsing the news one day when I stumbled across an interesting sight, an article about what it takes to produce a full newspaper. Medium sized amounts of paper, ink, and wood pulp, and that was just for one newspaper for one day.
Of course, this got me thinking if that pretty small amount was just for one paper, what about thousands of papers across one day, or an entire year?
The media always talks about the protection of the environment, but if getting information about protecting the environment out there means causing damage to it, doesn’t it start to lose value?
The cost of entertainment
Film and newspaper businesses alike have a big impact on the environment, and now groups and policymakers have begun to take notice. I kept digging into the newspaper business and found rules and laws that required a use of recycled paper and crackdown on harmful toxins.
Film and movie productions have travel for both crew and cast, and equipment that is often brought in from out of state or even overseas, which all puts carbon into the atmosphere. Similarly, the production of the films can also use energy through the use of devices.
However, by using a carbon calculating program, film crews and other businesses can see exactly how much energy they are spending per day and then take steps to reduce their carbon footprint.
Why not go digital?
That was my first question too because with all the environmental impact of making a newspaper has, maybe having the world read their news online would help the environment a bit. With the world going as digital friendly as it is now, maybe the trends will start to reverse and trees will have time to grow.
However, all that data from hundreds and thousands of stories is backed up on the cloud somewhere, and that requires a lot of energy. That energy from hundreds of servers and tens of thousands of people able to access them can be on par with the airline industry in terms of emissions.
Being digital might save the lives of trees, but it’s not doing a thing for carbon management or a reduction in energy use, and as more and more devices are used by a growing population the digital footprint is already starting to grow.
Managing digital emissions
Aside from using carbon management software to track and manage the carbon and energy footprints that a certain company makes, most media outlets have very little control over around half of their submissions, forcing a need for government policy or collaboration between groups to handle the rest of the emissions and protect the environment.
By keeping energy expenses low and doing everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint in the entertainment industry, companies and film crews will be able to produce the same quality of films and news stories while also making everything environmentally friendly.