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  ‘Second Life’ Environmental Impact Gives Simran Sethi Pause for Thought  
Posted 2007-04-17 by Tony Walsh
Simran Sethi, contributor and host of The Green on the Sundance Channel, appeared in Second Life today for a public discussion about environmental issues and solutions.

I attended because I wanted to know if Sethi was aware of the environmental impact of Second Life, an expanding virtual world that is served from thousands of computers to hundreds of thousands of computers. I've been wondering since last December about how much energy that degree of usage requires, because I might change my personal usage habits if it turned out I was wasting power.

Sethi hadn't considered Second Life's consumption, but told the audience she'd "really need to think about it." In response to a separate question, Sethi said that we need to be thoughtful about how we consume, and what the larger implications of our consumption might be. I agree. We have a good idea how much riding a bike, or watching TV, or leaving our phone-charger plugged into the wall costs the environment--why not look at virtual worlds, too? Particularly if they're going to be used as platforms for discussing ecological footprint reduction.

Previously on Clickable Culture:
- ‘Virtual World Sustainability’ Still in Question
- Greenwashing ‘Second Life’
- Are ‘Second Life’ Avatars Energy-Suckers?
- Is ‘Second Life’ Sustainable?
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