by Monique R.
Teachers introduce e-books as the new textbooks to save the future of the environment. The idea will bring a positive impact to the students and the natural world. The thesis that will be argued in this paper is that e-books are better for the environment than textbooks. First, the paper will analyze the reasons why most students would prefer using e-books. Then, it will explain how virtual books produce less carbon dioxide and less paper consumption.
Students list numerous reasons why they are in favor of eBook. In the article “Digital course materials: A case study of the Apple iPad in the academic environment” students mention that it is easier to carry an e-book rather than books. Electronic devices are lighter and take less space. Also, students can place all of their subject materials in one section of the e-book. Otherwise, students have to carry three to four books to their classes. Another reason why students prefer the e-books is the accessibility. The students can simply find their class notes and they can easily load and print class materials. Additionally, electronic devices are much more entertaining for the students. There are sound effects, colorful pictures and activities that can help students have a better understanding of their learning. Students tend to retain the information they learn in class since e-Books are more entertaining than books.(Groff et al., 2009). Students are more attentive when they use e-Books rather than books. They are more motivated and willing to participate in activities. E-Books should be introduced in teaching so that most students would be encouraged to go to school.
Moreover, electronic devices to schools will help save the environment by decreasing the production of carbon dioxide. Over the past few years, the production of e-books has increased as well as the production of books. Over the course of a year, a book produces 26 grams of CO2 and an e-Book produces nearly 130 grams of CO2 (Moran, 2012). Then, studies look at the production of carbon dioxide in the course of five years. Surprisingly, books have a higher carbon footprint than the digital devices. Notably, in the entire process of producing books, “80% of carbon footprint is caused by the earliest stages in its production process: paper harvesting, forest clearing and material shipping” (Moran, 2012, p.7). Books are known to have the highest carbon footprint. The total book sales increase every year. Books became “the biggest environmental offenders in publishing” (Ritch, 2009, p.3). Researchers recommend people to use eBooks as long as possible. Also, they encourage people to recycle their electronic device when it no longer works. In this case, the use of e-books would reduce the production of carbon dioxide causing less harm to the environment.
Lastly, the use of e-books decreases paper consumption. Every year, about 14 million trees are cut down to produce paper. With 14 million trees, there is 200,000 tons of paper produced (Embong et al 2012). The production of books eliminates forest. A study indicates that there is a software program that can print only the necessary notes and information. (Embong et al 2012). Students save a great amount of paper by using e-books. Also, e-Books prevent the destruction of forests. Instead of buying books that will eventually be thrown out or be left in the closet, e-books provide an option to loan schools’ materials that will “eliminate the need to buy textbooks” (Embong et al 2012, P.1804). Also, books are very delicate. Most students can’t maintain their books in good condition. When they resell their books, other students don’t buy then because they prefer to buy new ones. However, if students had an e-Book, they would be more careful. For some reason, people are more vigilant towards technology. Students would only take care of one e-Book that contains all their school materials rather than taking care of all their books. Electronic books would benefit the environment by saving what is left of nature.
Schools should introduce e-Books to their teachings for it will save the environment by reducing the carbon emission and the paper consumption. Also, it is in favor of many students to replace their textbooks by digital books. It is time to adapt to a virtual classroom. Students would be more attentive towards their learning and determine to learn new materials. The advantages of an e-book will bring positive change to students’ education; these changes will save the environment from destroying trees and increasing pollution.
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