[At-Large] ICANN blog : ICANN Carbon footprint

ABDULKARIM AYOPO OLOYEDE oloyede.aa at unilorin.edu.ng
Tue Sep 24 18:49:25 UTC 2019

+1 to Evan

On Tue, 24 Sep 2019, 19:32 Evan Leibovitch, <evan at telly.org> wrote:

> Of course the irony ought not lost on an organization whose primary role
> regards the functioning of *the Internet*.
> ICANN meetings have always had this air of Americans and Europeans flying
> around the world so that they can pretend that they're globally aware. It's
> my own pet belief that this has been quite deliberate, to make ICANN's
> power centres inaccessible to all except the subsidized and those whose
> business interests justified the expense. Online meetings could have been a
> great equalizer long ago, but the ICANN-meeting-as-exotic-getaway culture
> (often attributed exclusively to At-Large) is pervasive throughout.
> The expenses that could be saved (let alone just the carbon one) from
> making almost all meetings virtual would be substantial to both ICANN and
> participants. But those who benefit from physical accessibility have
> nothing to gain and much to lose by being treated as equals online. So it
> won't happen without external disruption.
> - Evan
> On Tue, 24 Sep 2019 at 14:11, Karl Auerbach <karl at cavebear.com> wrote:
>> 28 *million* air miles works out to nearly 77,000 air miles *per day*!
>> And 1840 nights in hotel rooms cumulates to over five years, just for
>> the board of directors alone (not counting staff or "funded travelers").
>> When comparing this 1% lifestyle of resource consumption against the
>> actual work product created the following phrase comes to mind:
>>    "parturiunt montes nascitur ridiculus mus" ("The mountain labored and
>> brought forth a mouse.")
>>                 --karl--
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