Addressing the climate crisis is a great way to start mitigating the risks we might face in the future.
As an open-source community, we should start using our online platforms and events to raise awareness on how technology impacts climate change focusing on local or regional impacts. For example, encouraging talks relating to technology and climate crisis and being careful about swags choices at official events, joining the world to celebrate events that draw attention to environmental protection, for instance, Earth Day celebrated on the 22nd of April every year is a good platform for us to talk about how as a community we are contributing to the cause.
We should add conference guidelines on GNOME wiki to help decrease the generation of greenhouse gases at events either local or regional for example, creating customized signpost designs on waste reduction and recycling to be placed at strategic event locations. These designs can be added as downloadable resources required to plan an event in any part of the world.
The foundation employees, volunteers, and board members can begin to deliberate how to introduce clean energy as an option to hosting applications on infrastructures that consume much power and other resources that impact our environment negatively. We can achieve this by looking at ways to cut down our methane emissions and carbon footprints through the use of renewable energies. The input of the foundation’s infrastructure team can drive this process more efficiently.
Over the years, the climate crisis becomes either overwhelmingly challenging or abstract enough that it is easy to ignore. This is why as a free software community we should consider driving an opensource project that would support environmentalism. The project should allow for input from contributors from diverse communities, developers, designers, and writers. It can either be an initiative or an opensource application.
As a candidate in this year’s board of directors election at a season where the community is pushing for more contributors from other parts of the world and with the possibility of smaller events across these locations, I believe this is a good time for us as a foundation to start discussing possible changes in the event’s guidelines that will reflect our consciousness to climate crisis and looking at possible avenues to form a synergy with renewable energy organizations in the planning of our events.