Reduce the usage of papers; get digitalised. sign now

Disclaimer: I'm a Singaporean, speaking in my country's context.

EVERYTHING should be digitalised. Starting from the most obvious letters and documents. (Full, informal entry here: http://www.abyssx.net/blog/2007/05/10/save-those-trees-reduce-those-papers/)

Every day we make use of papers; I'm a student, so here's a student's point-of-view. One thing in common among school, worksheets, homework, textbooks, examinations? Papers are used.

Examinations. Imagine how many pieces of papers are used for one subject. Question papers: 7 subjects, 10 pieces, 10 classes. Answer booklets: 7 subjects, 4 pieces, 10 classes. That totals up to 24500+9800=34300 sheets of papers (roughly). Take that number, multiply it by 4 for different secondary levels, and multiply it by another 4 for 4 terms of examinations. 548800.

1 ream (500 sheets) uses 6\% of a tree [http://www.conservatree.com/learn/EnviroIssues/TreeStats.shtml]

SINGAPORE has a small population of 4,492,150 people [http://globaledge.msu.edu/countryInsights/country.asp?CountryID=170]. Assuming that each household has 6 members, and there are 292,150 homeless people, we have a total of 700000 households. How many snail mails do you receive each day, including freak advertisements? Let me once again, assume. 3. Mathematics again. 2100000. 252 trees, daily.

Solutions? Of course.

Digitalise our lives. Textbooks, worksheets, documents to be replaced by the computer. Examinations by a tablet PC. Your monthly bills to be sent via emails.

So what are you signing for in this petition? By recycling papers, and use papers made from RECYCLED ones. By starting to request the conversion of snail mails into the form of an e-mail. By requesting the usage of papers to be decreased whenever appropriate and find an alternative method (digitally, I propose). By recognising that each of us has a part to play (reduce, reuse, and recycle).

Although this is only a tiny part that I've touched on (environmental issues), it still counts. It still matters.

Remember: this is our environment, and the environment that our future generations will be living in.

Go digital, it may save those trees.

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