So: is Second Life eco-friendly or not?

Remember this blog note titled Avatars consume as much electricity as Brazilians? It raised a question whether Second Life was sustainable ecologically. Well, according to Anuradha Vittachi and Peter Armstrong, founders of OneWorld (the international network for global justice), it is.

During her presentation at the United Nations OCHA +5 Symposium Vittachi demonstrated the potential of Second Life to cut down on air travel by meetings in sims and showcased OneClimate Island that will have virtual events running in parallel to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, 3 - 14 December 2007. Armstrong explains: “We will be opening a virtual window on events in Bali for anyone in the world who can access Second Life. But unlike its Real Life equivalent - and appropriately for a climate change conference - it will produce no travel-related carbon emissions”. In other words: OneClimate Island is a carbon free way to meet other people.

There are many simple ways to reduce your CO2 which you can find here and here. Maybe we should add another one to the list: meeting our friends in virtual reality rather than flying a plane.

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