How Much Energy Does a Google
Dr. R. Redekopp
University of Manitoba
Or - Why You Should Love Your
And give it more respect.
Follow along at https://goo.gl/xnXNc3
"You can't have the benefits of globalization without
some of the responsibilities."
Bono. "Bono in Conversation with Michka Assayas."
Riverhead Books. 2005.
How do our devices affect
others around the globe?
● How do we convince designers to make
devices less disposable and more
● How do we show respect for the miners
who deliver the raw materials for our
● What conditions should the factory
workers live in?
● How much do we let media and
corporations decide how long it is before
we have to replace our devices?
● How much energy does a Google, Bing,
or Yahoo search really take?
● What is the carbon footprint of a search?
● How do we ensure that our devices get
recycled properly when the time comes?
Our students are generally concerned, caring, capable people and they will be the
ones to lead campaigns that show respect within their online communities and out
to the world beyond.
We need to be aware and make them aware.
We need to help them to find ways to take positive actions.
There are companies working to build
modular phones - with parts that swap
in and out so you can fix and upgrade
your phone and add new features as
The Fairphone 2 is a smartphone for people
who value sustainability. It’s made to last for
five years, it's easily repairable, and it's
modular. It's body features easily
replaceable components. (video 2:00)
Phoneblocks is another option
Article: It’s hard to buy an ethical
IFixIt - scores repairability
Tantalum - ‘blood’ minerals for our
Google to see where else tantalum
is mined - you might be surprised.
Why don’t we use these sources?
If you want a more nuanced report
watch the Al-Jazeera video on this
Watch a TED talk by Bandi Mbubi
“The Cloud” is concrete and steel.
Buildings with thousands of
computers linked together.
They draw enormous amount of
energy, create enormous amounts
of heat and need to be kept cool.
So how much energy does a Google
Each search is not a huge
amount but wow does it add
Lights a 60 bulb for 17 sec!!!
Infographic about Google and
energy. How much is a search?
How many homes could be heated
by Google’s energy use?
Google and renewable energy
Amazon seems to be lagging
when we get a
This all a part of the design
problem and short term
When the contract expires?
When the battery fades because it
can't be replaced?
When a part is damaged and can't
Do you have
that box or
What to do, what to do?
Where does our waste
sometimes end up?
China and Ghana?
Recycling in Manitoba
Electronic Waste. City of Winnipeg, 2017,
No guilt - take action
Think of one age appropriate lesson or activity that you could do with students in your class. Choose one
topic and work with that. Create a brief ‘no-guilt, take action’ response or lesson idea using one of:
● Sutori, Glogster, etc
● Educreations, Lensoo Create, Doceri, or another whiteboard app
● Goanimate, Powtoon, Moovly, etc
● Book Creator, Little Bird Tales, or other book creator
● Infographic - some options
Everyone can do something and there are lots of actions that are available to kids of all ages.
Submit your work (link) in our Google Classroom
For more info and resources go to goodertech.pbworks.com