Software development and climate change

No-Code Aug 24, 2020

It's not often that we see these two concepts sharing a space or a phrase or whatever. When we talk about climate change and global warming, we talk about oil refineries or corporations with huge gas emissions. But where does the software building (traditional or no-coding) lands when it's time to be accountable for what it can do to protect the Earth?

This discussion should definitely be on our minds and on our agendas as entrepreneurs, as we constantly witness how ice caps shrink and forest fires grow wilder on drought seasons (remember Australia on January!). It should go without saying, but we should care. So how can we contribute from our field?

Well, it's funny, because it is very likely that you are currently doing it. During COVID-19 lockdowns many of us had to shift our work setting and place it in our homes and during this period, a lot of companies realized how functional working from home could actually be. Yes, there are things that are inherently on-site, and they may be situations where it still would be best to have a whole team reunited in one space, but the realization that home-offices could work in more contexts than what was thought has been really interesting. But how does this contribute to the environment? Easy, with a decrease in the carbon footprint of every employee who is now working from home. Staying at your place to work means no commute twice a day, which may means no gas emitting from your car —if you have one, or if you car-pooled with another colleague who's also now working remotely—, and if you think about that for, let's say, California, which had 14 million cars registered by 2017, well, that's a lot. And even if you commute using public transportation, it is very likely that during quarantine the frequency of buses or subway decreases, so there's that too.

Winter rush
Photo by Sanjeev Kugan / Unsplash

But, you may say, that's not exclusive to software development endeavors. And you would be absolutely right. And the truth is that there are very few things that would apply solely to the world of software building because people of all fields are now constantly working on computers: journalists, lawyers, teachers, designers. And that means that we all share a responsibility there, and that is the use of energy... electrical energy, I mean. But that doesn't mean tech and software companies are not taking specific actions. Take this from a Forbes piece from last year:

Some of the largest software companies have already committed to lowering energy usage and moving to cleaner energy sources and have set goals for the upcoming years. Companies like Google have purchased enough renewable energy to match or exceed the amount of electricity it uses each year; and, according to The Guardian, Facebook has chosen to be public with its carbon footprint while seeking to create more sustainable data centers.

And, of course, there are a lot of apps, web apps and software being made right now to fight climate change as best as we can, from AI software to complete networks. But what has been done from the No-Code perspective? You let us know!

Go check initiatives like Bioweek to get inspired on what needs to be done. And then don't miss the Demo Days from our friends over at #100DaysOfNoCode for the technical and creative aspects!

See you next time!

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