Recycle Bill Has this wonderful suggestion on getting companies to change and become more sustainable. Hit them in the pocketbook! From Recycle Bills
Blogging, even green blogging, requires electrical energy. And sadly, too much of the world’s electrical energy is produced using outdated carbon intensive technologies that could be replaced by Solar, Wind and other more environmentally sound technologies if only the companies who produce electrical energy could be persuaded to change to these environmentally responsible technologies. That’s why groups like 350.org are working hard to spread the word about global climate change and that’s why RecycleBill is proposing an International Blog Nothing Week.
So how much energy does one blog use? What would be the impact of one blogger not putting up any new posts for just 1 week? The answer: not much. It probably couldn’t be measured. As a matter of fact, if only one blogger were to quit posting for just one week the world’s electric meters wouldn’t even notice. But if every blogger in the world were to quit posting for just one week the world’s energy producers would notice not only a lower electric consumption rate but a lower profit margin. And nothing moves corporations to do the right thing faster than a lower profit margin.
Now I’m not deluding myself into thinking every blogger in the world will support or even believe in the idea that we should all stop blogging and reading blogs for one week but if we can amass a large enough group of “non bloggers” for just 1 week we will gain the attention of the world’s electrical providers and a lot more.
Not only will the electric companies take notice but so to will the world’s online media companies who depend on hyperlinks from bloggers to help drive traffic and revenue to their online properties. That’s right, for those of you who hate the Main Stream Media you can get into pockets of the MSM by not blogging for just one week.
Then there’s the impact on your evil Internet Service Providers. A relative and executive technician for one of the world’s major ISPs is visiting RecycleBill as I write this post and he tells me an action such as I am proposing would have his bosses quaking in their boots and looking for greener sources of energy to power their online services.
Another industry that would without a doubt take notice is the online advertising industry. Industry giants like Google earn millions of dollars each week thanks to the efforts of bloggers and those who read blogs. And while Google has been taking big steps to green their operations, many of their competitors have done nothing. Again, get in their pockets and they too will start looking for ways to reduce their carbon outputs. And let’s not forget the Amazons and other online retail giants who would feel the pinch of a week without their blogging affiliates’ efforts to drive sales.
That’s why this blog and hopefully millions more bloggers and blog readers will not be posting or reading from Monday, November 16th thru Sunday, November 22nd as myself and others observe International Blog Nothing Week.
Update: 7:15 PM Okay, so some of you don’t believe global climate change is real. That said, there are still reasons you can get behind International Blog Nothing Week. For example: converting to green alternative energy production will reduce the world’s dependence on imported oils whose profits go to support terrorists and the enemies of world peace and democracy.