International Mother Earth Day: Why e-learning is the way forward?

Interest in the environment and the impact of human activity on it is a fairly recent concept. In particular, International Mother’s Day was established only in 2009 by the UN General Assembly. Since then, the significance of saving our planet for future generations has become clearer. Fortunately, online education is an educational option that is surprisingly environmentally friendly as well as paving the way for great progress. In this article, we will talk about 4 unknown environmental benefits of e-learning.

4 Neglected environmental benefits of e-learning

1. Reduces transport-related carbon emissions

Traveling every day to work, school or university is not only time consuming, it is also very harmful to the environment. Think about all the gas and carbon emissions you use when you drive fast on the highway or get lazy in traffic jams. Public transportation, although it is environmentally friendly compared to cars, still leaves carbon footprint. In fact, it is estimated that more than one-third of all greenhouse gases produced in the United States are transported. Online learning, on the other hand, allows students to attend classes without leaving home. Reducing the need for cars and public transport helps reduce their carbon footprint and is more environmentally friendly.

2. Reduce energy consumption

Any building that hosts a large number of attendants অফিস whether it’s an office, a university, or a dedicated training facility প্রয়োজন requires a huge amount of energy. Lighting, cooling and ventilating these large spaces is incomparable to the minimum energy requirements of your own home. In addition, more and more training facilities are needed to accommodate the growing number of students for on-site learning. You could argue that, nowadays, energy-efficient buildings are replacing the old ones. However, we must remember that to make these buildings, no matter how “green” they may be, we need wood, metal, plastic and other raw materials. Therefore, online education protects the environment by reducing energy costs and demand for building materials.

3. Reduces paper waste and saves trees

Probably the most important environmental benefit of e-learning is the significant reduction of paper waste. Remember when you were in school and remember how much paper was wasted on books, notebooks, assignments and test materials. Then add all the years you spent in college and then the professional training and certifications you completed. The numbers are just shocking. Since deforestation is an important factor in increasing global warming, it is important to make changes that reduce paper waste. By digitizing all the documents and completing all the assignments and assessments online, the need for e-learning paper is almost completely eliminated. In addition, it reduces the energy and resources required for paper recycling.

4. Reduces waste in the learning environment

Bringing together hundreds or thousands of people in one training or educational facility will certainly result in huge wastage. Research shows that water is the number one resource (more) used in training facilities, whether for leisure, kitchen or hot / cold purposes, and for landscaping purposes. In addition, on-site learning produces significantly more plastic waste. Students carry plastic bottles, drink take-out coffee, or bring snacks wrapped in plastic packaging. When food is delivered on site, the issue of food waste arises, as most of the food provided returns untouched. In addition to the human side, waste food ends up in landfills, where it produces methane, the most powerful greenhouse gas. Therefore, it is clear that allowing students to train in their own homes can be beneficial to the planet in many ways.

Conclusion

As another International Mother Earth Day swirls around, we turn our minds to the importance of protecting our planet. By implementing small changes in our daily lives, we can reduce our environmental impact and ensure a better life for ourselves and future generations. E-learning is one of the changes that could significantly affect our carbon footprint. Taking training from educational facilities to people’s homes can reduce energy consumption, overuse of natural resources and food wastage. Think about this opportunity that you can incorporate online education into your life and move closer to becoming a conscious citizen.

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