- Nov 2023
In contrast, media ecologists focus on understanding media as environments and how those environments affect society.
The World Wide Web takes on an ecological identity in that it is defined by the ecology of relationships exercised within, determining the "environmental" aspects of the online world. What of media ecology and its impact on earth's ecology? There are climate change ramifications simply in the use of social media itself, yet alone the influences or behaviors associated with it: here is a carbon emissions calculator for seemingly "innocent" internet use:
- Oct 2023
Carbon calculators are very misleading.Here’s why:
- for: carbon footprint calculators - misleading
- Aug 2023
- for: climate change impacts - meat, carbon footprint - meat, leverage point - food, stats, stats - meat eating
- 12% OF AMERICANS EAT HALF OF ALL BEEF CONSUMED IN A DAY
- date: Aug. 30, 2023
- source: https://www.futurity.org/beef-food-climate-change-2967702-2/
- cited paper: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/15/17/3795
And where the artists take part in a fantasy of overconsumptionThe place where artists play a distinctive role, exactly like high-level sports athletes, is in the propagation of a certain fantasy.
- for: W2W, carbon inequality, carbon footprint - 1%, carbon emissions - 1%, luxury advertising, luxury advertising contracts, carbon emissions - luxury goods
- key insight
- the elites are often the main popularizers, influencers and propagandists of the fantasy of overconsumption
- culture of overconsumption
- such elites have a close tie to the luxury industry via large advertising contracts
- Media posts critical of the carbon air travel emissions of famous DJ named DJ Snake offers a prime example of a common attitude of privilege and self-righteousness found amongst a number of elites
Most renowned artists and the trades and professions around them (producers, broadcasters, booking agents, distributors, internet platforms…) are today dependent on hyper-intensive energy-consuming models.
- for: carbon footprint - music industry, carbon footprint - concerts, carbon footprint - touring
- Most renowned artists and the trades and professions around them
- booking agents,
- distributors, internet platforms
- equipment and service providers
- are today dependent on hyper-intensive energy-consuming models.
- Music or showbusiness artists, for example, depend more and more on touring and festivals.
- Namely because with a remuneration of 0,0034 dollars per listened music track,
- only 1% of music artists receive a minimum wage through streaming and
- because, in the meantime, sales in the physical media market (CD, vinyl) have collapsed,
- and streaming has not made up for loss of value.
- Unsurprisingly, the artists who are most successful at making a living receive the quasi-totality of their revenue from the tours they do via concerts or festivals
- (which incur high travel carbon footprint)
- And those have a tendency to increase at an unchecked rate.
- To attract the largest crowd possible, these artists demand
- more and more top billings
- with equally
- increasing fees and
- technical requirements.
- Coldplay travels with no less than 2 kits of 32 articulated lorries on the road (for their “ecological” tour),
- Rammstein accounts for
- almost 100 articulated lorries
- 7 cargo planes for their tours and
- burns no less than 1000 litres of heating oil for their pyrotechnical effects at each concert (something the group proudly displays on social media).
- Most renowned artists and the trades and professions around them
- due to loss of product sales, touring and concerts is the only way musicians can make money, and that comes at high carbon emission cost
Culture, a hyper-consumerist sector
for: carbon emissions - culture, carbon emissions - cultural sector, carbon footprint - culture,
- for France
- culture and leisure are the third reason for travel after work and shopping
- watching movies at movie theatre alone is responsible for nearly one million tons of CO2 emissions
- culture takes up 60% of all downloads on the internet, 80% if porn is included
- tens of thousands of buildings such as auditoriums are depending on fossil fuels to operate
- cultural events drive high carbon tourist industry:
- account for 60% of revenue of hotels and restaurants at the Avignon Festival
- Louvre's carbon footprint of 3.4 million tons of CO2 emissions are in large part due to air travel of tourists from around the globe
- culture of overconsumption
- carbon emissions - 1%
- carbon emissions - luxury goods
- carbon footprint - culture
- carbon footprint - touring
- luxury advertising contracts
- carbon emissions - culture
- carbon footprint - 1%
- carbon footprint - music industry
- carbon emissions - cultural sector
- DJ Snake
- carbon inequality
- luxury advertising
- carbon footprint - concerts
- cap elites
- Jul 2023
- Is carbon tunnel vision real?
author Martin Daniel
This article introduces the concept of Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) as a way to validate if carbon tunnel vision is real
- Mar 2023
Key drivers of individual emissions include energy-intense transportation, especially private aircraft and yachts, and multiple real estate ownership, often in different continents
Biggest source of emissions of the elite: - yachts - private air transportation - multiple homes in different countries
// - luxury industries of: - private jets - luxury home real estate - yachts - are unsustainable - this irresponsible, unsustainable consumption is imperiling civilization itself
- Feb 2023
grocery products are clearly labelled with their respective carbon footprints
- Clear climate impact communication
- applied to grocery products
- clearly labelled with their respective = carbon footprints
= creative carbon footprint labeling gamifies Paris Agreement - grocery story that did an experiment - opened a test popup grocery store in the retail district of Stockholm - where all grocery items were labeled with its carbon footprint - customers were issues CO2e currency - using IPCC guideline that - weekly grocery shop carbon footprint < 18.9 kg CO2e to be aligned with Paris Agreement - customers must stay under 18.9 kg CO2e
- May 2022
The global security environment has degraded. Worldwide, increased military spending reflects expectations of greater conflict during the decade between 2022 and 2030, including the prospect of major intrastate warfare.
The complexity, as the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine of war is that it is yet another feedback loop reinforcing the impact of the hyperobject. From a climate change perspective, war has the highest carbon footprint of all because it is actually the willful distruction of purpose-made human cultural objects that each have an embedded energy cost. Hence war requires the construction of offensive and defensive weapons and equipment, as well as munitions, whose sole purpose is destruction. This comes at its own embedded energy cost and the destruction of human lives and human infrastructure is also prematurely ending the human and material lifetimes of living beings and objects respectively, each of which required high energy cost to bring into existence. It also takes enormous energy resources to maintain armies.
- Mar 2022
Huge amounts of natural gas are needed to produce ammonia, the key ingredient in nitrogen fertiliser. Yara International relies on vast quantities of Russian gas for its European plants.
Climate change impacts of fertilizer production
I hope, for the sake of everybody -- Ukrainians, Russians and the whole of humanity -- that this war stops immediately. Because if it doesn't, it's not only the Ukrainians and the Russians 00:11:39 that will suffer terribly. Everybody will suffer terribly if this war continues. BG: Explain why. YNH: Because of the shock waves destabilizing the whole world. Let’s start with the bottom line: budgets. We have been living in an amazing era of peace in the last few decades. And it wasn't some kind of hippie fantasy. You saw it in the bottom line. 00:12:06 You saw it in the budgets. In Europe, in the European Union, the average defense budget of EU members was around three percent of government budget. And that's a historical miracle, almost. For most of history, the budget of kings and emperors and sultans, like 50 percent, 80 percent goes to war, goes to the army. 00:12:31 In Europe, it’s just three percent. In the whole world, the average is about six percent, I think, fact-check me on this, but this is the figure that I know, six percent. What we saw already within a few days, Germany doubles its military budget in a day. And I'm not against it. Given what they are facing, it's reasonable. For the Germans, for the Poles, for all of Europe to double their budgets. And you see other countries around the world doing the same thing. 00:12:58 But this is, you know, a race to the bottom. When they double their budgets, other countries look and feel insecure and double their budgets, so they have to double them again and triple them. And the money that should go to health care, that should go to education, that should go to fight climate change, this money will now go to tanks, to missiles, to fighting wars. 00:13:25 So there is less health care for everybody, and there is maybe no solution to climate change because the money goes to tanks. And in this way, even if you live in Australia, even if you live in Brazil, you will feel the repercussions of this war in less health care, in a deteriorating ecological crisis, 00:13:48 in many other things. Again, another very central question is technology. We are on the verge, we are already in the middle, actually, of new technological arms races in fields like artificial intelligence. And we need global agreement about how to regulate AI and to prevent the worst scenarios. How can we get a global agreement on AI 00:14:15 when you have a new cold war, a new hot war? So in this field, to all hopes of stopping the AI arms race will go up in smoke if this war continues. So again, everybody around the world will feel the consequences in many ways. This is much, much bigger than just another regional conflict.
Harari makes some excellent points here. Huge funds originally allocated to fighting climate change and the other anthropocene crisis will be diverted to military spending. Climate change, biodiversity, etc will lose. Only the military industrial complex will win.
Remember that the military industry is unique. It's only purpose is to consume raw materials and capacity in order to destroy. What is the carbon footprint of a bomb or a bullet?
- Oct 2021
Davies, A., Seaton, A., Tonooka, C., & White, J. (2021). Covid-19, online workshops, and the future of intellectual exchange. Rethinking History, 25(2), 224–241. https://doi.org/10.1080/13642529.2021.1934290
- British history
- carbon footprint
- online platform
- virtual collaboration
- intellectual exchange
- May 2020
- Oct 2017
There are further projects we might undertake, i
To do list going forward as suggested by Bethany Nowviskie.
- more effective communication
- foster collaborations
- find nobility in metadata enhancement, project maintenance & forward migration
- more agendas of empathy
- greater attention to matters of accessibility, minimal c computing (not sure what this is exactly!!)
- Libraries - need robust discourse around ephemerality. ( this is the concept of things being transitory, existing only briefly.)
- attend to the environmental & human cost of DH : CARBON FOOTPRINT , PRICE TAG
- bring technological savvy & deep historical conscience into the politics of 21st century.
- Amplify our voices