Go Green, Go Paperless.

Go Green, Go Paperless. Shafique Rahman


The concluding line in an email I received last week was marked in green and it was stated as, “Please consider the environment before printing.” The statement is incredibly brainstorming, especially for those who are responsible human being. In the 21st century, the responsibility of a human should not be limited within the family or social life. Rather, it is time to be pessimistic; it is time to think about the decaying condition of the environment. It is time to be a part of the worldwide struggle for sustainable development. And your contribution would be as simple as using an OPAL card !

In greater Sydney people take 530 million journeys across the public transport network in a year, survey conducted by the NSW Government, Transport For NSW Authority. As a consequence, the travelers are also accountable for the deforestation of the amount of trees required to produce nearly 530 million small pieces of cardboard tickets each year. WWF living planet report 2012 claims that the current paper use is projected to double by 2050. This will definitely increase pressure on the world´s forests in a context of finite resources.

However, Paper is part of our life and it can be a sustainable product, but only if it comes from responsible sources and is used efficiently and not wastefully. As paper production is resource intensive, becoming more competent in our paper use can cut energy use and climate change emissions, limit water, air and other pollution and produce less waste. Ultimately wasting less paper would be a contribution toward the struggle of humankind for saving Mother Nature.


Being a daily user of public transport network everyone has the option in hand, either not to be a destroyer or be a contributor toward a sustainable green planet. Choosing an electronic ticketing system will not only saving money or time, in longer term, it would be the greatest addition for saving our earth.