Be generous, save the planet!
The need of action to preserve our Planet is self evident. One interesting aspect of this important endeavor, we all should take part, is that you may help accomplish it by saving money. Imagine this, you taking good care of yourself, your pocket, become more generous and this contributes to life in the entire planet. Let's see, if we do not spend on things that are not really needed, we save money. Therefore, we have more resources (maybe money) to spend on those things that really are important: health, leisure, study, travel, giving, etc. - quality of life. Sounds like good business, doesn't it?
Stop now and think, how many things exist in your home, in your closet, in the little drawer of your kitchen cabinet -- things that have been there for years and have never been used?! Tell you what, I have what to give and I always try to give things while they are still nice so others can really use it. I am fond of thrift stores, I donate and I buy there too. Saving is ecologically correct, I like this idea.
This sort of action has interesting consequences, for example: how about to be generous and give all that we have in our homes and have not been used in the last two years or so? For some of us this will require some work – digging into my closet every year is really an adventure. Give this idea a try and let us know how your felt.
Interestingly, an Internet trend based on this reasoning is gaining momentum -- examining it provides us with interesting examples and opportunities for action. This new tool is called SaaS, an acronym for "Software As A Service". Note the philosophy: why buy word a processor or spreadsheet if you can use them at Google Docs, that you access only when needed? Google has word processor and spreadsheet and is a classic example of SaaS. The advertisers pay Google (dearly) so that you have this service for “free”.
Well, you can say there is the Open Office, it is free, I agree, but what about disk space? To spend it on something you use occasionally? Use this space for the software you really always use, even if for fun stuff - our HD should not be a software cemetery, but pretty often it is. Via SaaS you have one more gain: your spreadsheets or texts are always at your disposal anywhere in the world and ready to use.
With SaaS it is easy to see the saving action effect. Notice how it reverberates in various directions. Indeed, if we just need to access the Internet, our machine (laptop, notebook or desktop) can be simpler and cost much less. This equation in itself points to computers becoming cheaper and therefore generate greater social inclusion, more business, more opportunities, etc.. And more, light computers use less electricity and so on ...
And guess what. This trend is global and irreversible, SaaS is here to stay. SaaS will more than double by 2012, said Gartner software expects in a report last year. There a lot of other providers of Saas just two weeks ago at Intermodal South America I met people offering something I never thought about , check the video.
Well, back to saving money, resources and the planet we live in, think about your purchases, and consider the developments that each has undergo. Stay tuned, pay close attention to the chain of events that every product you buy follows: where the garbage generated goes, how much space will they use, how often you will really use them and so on. Once more, try to see that they don´t become garbage at all buy giving. That attitude of intelligent saving on everything you bring home (or to your computer) will affect sure the entire planet.