re: Save the planet, clean your mailbox VIEW POST


I think this touches a neglected topic, but still lacks a proportionate perspective. If clearing out emails has a meaningful impact, than abstaining from video streaming services would have an even more meaningful impact. And until we address the biggest chunks of data, yak shaving the smaller parts feels like performative gesture


It takes seconds to enable autocleaning of old emails though, and minutes to unsubscribe from newsletters, and you don't give up anything in the process.

You weren't reading those archived emails anyway, and you don't open the newsletters.

If people start doing this it will have a measurable impact on carbon emissions, so why not? So what if it's better to shut down a coal plant.

Do something for the planet and be happy :)


I agree with @kungtotte , all contributions are good regardless of their size. But @shushugah is right too we shouldn't limitate ourselves to small steps.


There’s a psychology at play here.

Once they do one small thing, it’s easier to convince them to do the next, bigger step. Sales people use this all day every day.

And even if they don’t ever step it up...

I’ll take every little bit anyone is willing to contribute.

“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”

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