[Watch video on MSNBC]

I’ve decided on my Earth Day resolution: I’m giving up my BlackBerry. It’s not to further reduce my energy consumption, though that is important — the International Energy Agency estimates that increased demand for energy from mobile devices could contribute to a doubling of CO2 emissions by 2030. Nope, it’s about renewing my appreciation for the beautiful world we live in, something I’ve been ignoring lately in my day-to-day life (I’m too busy checking my email).

Drastic? Perhaps. But the idea seemed to resonate with Dylan Ratigan over at MSNBC; I appeared on his show yesterday (see above) to talk about my Earth Day plans, which I had written about more thoroughly in this Huffington Post column.

I could go on with a longer Earth Day post — there’s a lot of exciting stuff happening out there today, like our National Parks being open for free all week — but I think I’m going to take my own advice and go enjoy the great outdoors (as much as I can, anyway; it is still a workday). Hope you can, too.

Happy Earth Day!

–Jennifer Grayson

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7 Responses to “WATCH: Give up your BlackBerry for Earth Day”

  1. Andrea D Says:

    Thanks for this blog post Jen! While I’m not willing to give up my iphone (in fact, I only recently got it), I do appreciate a reminder to stop and smell the roses in the real world. This afternoon I was checking my email and reading an article while walking my dog. It was such a pretty day and rather than soak in the sun and watch my cute dog, my face was glued to my phone. This post hit close to home. Happy Earth Day!

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  3. Jennifer Says:

    Any withdrawal symptoms yet? I think you should go for another walk without your blackberry and see if you notice a difference. I usually bring a sketchbook — it is really amazing how much more closely you look at leaves and acorns and flower buds if you try to draw them — and leave my phone at the bottom of my purse.

    My cell phone is a dinosaur (5 years old!) and doesn’t hold a charge well any more. Either it’s on silent or it’s dead, and either way, I end up calling people back at the end of the day. It’s more answering machine than phone, and apart from the occasional emergency, I prefer not to be available at someone else’s whim. I think my mother may be on to something by refusing to get a mobile at all!

  4. karen Says:

    This is an interesting issue as more and more companies are targeting mobile marketing – especially to teenagers. Now that facebook, twitter, and e-mails (and blog) can be used from phones, the ability to conduct business (or pleasure related mobile usage) is easily accessible, and in some cases, I’m sure, mandatory.

    I wonder how businesses will be affected if people turned off that feature or not use phones that have those features.

  5. Jennifer Grayson Says:

    I had a bit of anxiety that first day, but I must say that this weekend was absolutely glorious without the BlackBerry! I got to truly relax and focus on enjoying time with my mother-in-law, who was in town for a visit.

  6. Karolin Says:

    Jennifer,
    thank you for this post! I feel totally reassured in my decision to turn off my data from my blackberry since late March.
    I have done it originally for traveling reasons internationally where I didn’t want to have roaming charges, but realized that I can continue living without the email service since I’ve been back to New York really well! I have realized that I’m less stressed out as a result and quality of life has improved a lot. Emails can wait until I get to the computer and if sth is urgent, I can be called.
    Thanks again for the post! Karolin

  7. Jennifer Grayson Says:

    I definitely feel less stressed, though I do sometimes wonder if I’m missing an important email when I’m out and about. Maybe a few more weeks and this residual anxiety will go away…

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