How I Decided to Fight Climate Change as a Software Developer

Pablo Oliva on May 15, 2019

tl;dr - In short, I assembled an effective process for identifying climate-change-fighting companies to work for. This included some unique tactics... [Read Full]
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Hi Pablo, 2 years ago I bought this book about web app eco-conception best practices - I don't know about an english translation - but I feel like it is a too small water drop in an ocean of immobilism...

We need to develop and apply sorts of green guides to our works and we need places to learn and share about this as Software Developers


@drozerah , your idea for a place to learn and share about best practices for being climate/eco sensitive is excellent. Do you have any ideas or thoughts that you would like to share to get this going? I am committed if you would like to join me.

I found what I think is a checklist based on the book that you linked to: Does this match what you read? I would be happy to do an initial translation if you could then proofread it for me afterward.

In any case, no pressure to commit. Thank you for the idea(s).


Wonderful post! For my own part I've been doing volunteer development for We need collective action as much as we need individual and company change!


Thanks Luke. I completely agree with your thoughts on the need for collective action. I have supported Fridays for Future and I have been trying to get directly involved with Extinction Rebellion. I am familiar with the Sunrise Movement. I am impressed by and have admiration for what they/you are doing. Thank you for your contribution. You guys are doing great work. Stay strong and keep pushing my friend.


Fantastic! Fridays for Future and XR have done more for this cause and for the world in the last couple of months than many have been able to do over decades. It gives me great hope to know that you’re out there making a difference both at work and after work. Keep going, and always feel free to talk with me on days when hope is hard to come by.

Your offer is very kind and thoughtful Luke. I extend the same invitation back.


Love your article and your checklist! I always wanted to do something about climate change and as a web developer I didn't really know what to do. Very happy to see your article.


Hiatt, thank you for the kind words. I hope that the information that I provided helps you fulfill your desire to take action for a brighter future for all of us. Let me know if I can do anything to help.


Thank you, and I too recognize and am extremely grateful for the privilege that we have. I hope that my suggestions and my story motivates more of those who have the opportunity to make such a move.


Great post Pablo. I've also been working to fight climate change. Trying to mobilise the tech community around the issue with


Thanks Steven. Glad you found the post to be positive. I have joined techimpactmakers, looks interesting.

I took a look at, and the header states "We must cut global emissions in half by 2030".. I thought that the IPCC Oct. 2018 report said we had to completely eliminate carbon emissions by 2030 to avoid the gravest of consequences. Am I mistaken?


I hadn't seen that report. It was based on what I'd heard in the Uninhabitable Earth book. Will look into it again, cheers for pointing that out!


LOVE this post. To be courageous is often hard, but your pragmatic approach to start right now, from where you are is brilliant in it's simplicity. Kudos, I'm glad I'm in this with someone else...


Mark, thanks for the compliment and I am very happy that you enjoyed the post. We must fight forward, together, in every way we can. Seeing the responses here and also now following groups, i.e. Extinction Rebellion, that are fighting hard for change has brought me from feeling despair to feeling hopeful. There are many examples of courageous things being done by many determined people, but form a personal example last March 15, with my family, I joined a local Fridays for Future protest here in Germany. The "kids" that organized this were super prepared, serious, and very clear about what they were doing. They are so much more aware than I was when I was their age. I walked away very impressed. In case you or anyone else is interested in joining this sort of thing, there is another worldwide protest scheduled for May 24:

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