I know, I know! Earth Day has already passed and I should've asked this last week. I only realised after I'd posted last week's discussion post that this topic would have been very relevant to that day. Still, this is worth talking about!
I'll be mainly focusing on webdev, but this could apply to any programming field.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that the internet accounts for almost 4% of global emissions. Here's a handy infographic if you'd to know a more!
It's the reason why big companies are starting to opt for green energy. Think of Google running 100% on renewable energy for several years now. It even has a site dedicated to sustainability! By using Google's services, you're essentially running your stuff on green energy.
Then, we've got the other side of the hill, like the NFT craze that's still lingering. One of the major arguments against NFT was its environmental impact due to the computing power required for each transaction. Even the creator of NFT talks about it. But right now, the technical solutions to reduce all that computing power are out there.
That's how we can make a difference. 🌱
Now, I don't want to go in-depth about this topic. This isn't an article to inform you all of it. Giving some examples might give some clarity on where I'm going with this. I mainly want to hear from others what they think they could do about it!
- Do you think your development process can benefit or harm nature, even if in a small way? If so, how?
- Is environmental impact part of your decision-making process when choosing between products for development? (e.g. hosting)
- After reading this short post, do you feel climate change should cross your mind more often in your problem-solving process?