While the Internet is an invisible web, all the information is physically stored somewhere. It is stored in massive data centres which look like giant warehouses. It’s just rows and rows of servers – servers are a very specific type of computer. These servers use energy, most of which is still produced through burning fossil fuels.
If everyone on the planet took every piece of computing equipment that exists – phones, computers, tablets, etc and combined this all together, the amount of energy it would need to run, is the same amount that’s currently needed in the aviation industry. So essentially, the same amount of energy needed to fly all the planes in the all world is needed.
The concepts in the show also link to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 9 (Industries, Innovation & Infrastructure) and 13 (Climate Action)