Music- A love of everybody’s life, a savior for many, an escape for some and an only companion for a lot of us!
What is life without music?! Like literally Nothing. Music needs no place, no time or no decorum to be heard, it is liberating, it is fun!!
The world is moving faster and technology fastest, we see new inventions being introduced every single day! Every day an already existing thing is replaced by another better commodity. It is how this goes now.
Do you remember the days we had to wait a long time for the release of a new album from our favourite bands and then that run to the music store to buy those CDs, cassettes, tapes and vinyl!! Those Gold days are gone and the news that the amount of plastic produced and used in them was alarming!! In 1977, which was when vinyl creation peaked, the music industry used a total of 58 million kilograms of plastic. In 1988, which was when cassette creation peaked, the number dropped to 56 million kilograms of plastic. Then, in 2000, which was when CD creation peaked, the number once again rose up to 61 million kilograms, with time and need these plastic produced things were replaced by online music streaming, though it is hailed upon it is way more harmful than the former.
A joint study known by the name The cost of music, findings of the University of Glasgow and the University of Oslo, has revealed that music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have led to an unprecedented increase in greenhouse gas emissions. The research project further warns the people that the energy used to distribute and also store digital forms of music not only has a devastating effect on environment but also even outweighs the vinyl and cassettes in their evilness!
Ever since streaming came into play, the production of vinyl and cassettes was given a big blow and consequently the amount of plastic produced reduced to 8 Million kilograms, but all in vain as storing and processing music online uses a huge amount of energy and resources whose impact on the environment cannot be good!
The study further tells that when the production of plastics and energy generation was converted into Green house gas equivalent (GHgs), streaming produces far more. As GHgs for streaming are estimated to be between 200 Million to 350 Million kilograms in U.S alone whereas plastics produced 157 million GHgs at peak.
The perception of this research is to make people more aware and more curious about the choices they make as they consume culture.
With all this being found out, we hate to say that music is just not adding to the noise pollution but is actually adding a huge chunk to increase the Global warming as Green house gases increase is directly proportional to Global warming!!
Credits: Urooba Akhtar