Help Lifesize Celebrate Earth Day

by in Green, Lifesize, Travel, Trends

Happy Earth Day Week! We dedicate this time to celebrating global environmental causes and reflect on the bounty and fragility of our sweet Mama Earth. In school, we learned to reduce, reuse and recycle. Now, we're looking at the impact that travel has on our planet and focusing on some small adjustments we can make in our day-to-day business lives that can make a huge change.

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When many of us imagine pollution as a concept, we envision factory smokestacks belching black clouds of soot. But according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than a third of all carbon dioxide emissions come from travel. UK-based advocacy group Friends of the Earth estimates that air travel in particular is the single fastest-growing source of greenhouse gases. In fact, the worldwide CO2 production by planes alone was over 900 million tons, and one 10-hour commercial international flight burns 36,000 gallons of fuel. That's one gallon a second!

That's where video conferencing can really help. Lifesize re-creates the experience of an in-person meeting, allowing you to collaborate with your team, pitch to clients and meet with investors without relying on air travel. Eliminating just a one-way flight across the ocean prevents almost half a ton of carbon dioxide from polluting the atmosphere.

Commuting is a whole different story. Sitting in your car in rush hour traffic for just 10 seconds produces more carbon dioxide than completely restarting your engine, and for every 10 minutes your engine is off, you can prevent an entire pound of carbon dioxide from being released.

Just by making a few small adjustments — like adopting a video conferencing solution at your company — you can have a real, positive impact on the world’s future. So this Earth Day, we encourage you to consider replacing some of your travel plans with a high-quality video conference. No more guilty flying, and no more sitting in traffic and watching the air outside your window get smoggy. Start saving the planet with a free trial of the Lifesize App. The person on the other end of the call will thank you — and so will Mother Earth.