Climate crisis: Laura Tobin says sending 65 emails is equal to driving 1km & to stop sending 'thank you' emails

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5 Apr 2022, 15:39

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That's just blown our minds. Good Morning Britain's Laura Tobin has shared the scary statistics that emails are evil to the planet and we should stop sending polite yet pointless 'thank you' emails.

The information comes from Laura's new book, Everyday Ways To Save Our Planet, offering tricks and tips which she hopes will encourage people to make minor changes every day in order to help save the planet.

And one way is by cutting back on emails, she told The Mirror. According to Laura, the carbon footprint of our gadgets and the internet accounts for 3.7% of global greenhouse gas emissions, around 1.7 billion metric tons a year which is 45% more than the aviation industry.

Tech gadgets like phones, tablets and computers are 'carbon-intensive processes, which uses precious metals, materials and energy' which 'continue to use energy with every email we send, every photo we upload or TV show we stream'.

"You have to do what you can do and you can only focus on yourself and the things you can do to make the world a better place," Laura insisted.

"It is quite stressful knowing all of these statistics, and the more you research it, the more you find - so it can be quite difficult when some people are really trying every single day to be greener and more sustainable. But then you see others who throw their recycling in the wrong bin, or people who don't realise the detrimental effects of food wastage.

"It sometimes just dawns on me, but then I have to remind myself that only I can change the world around me. By writing this book I hope to encourage people to make small changes - but that's all I can really do."