Free Software needs to do its part to fight climate change and resource depletion
December 8, 2006
I just returned from berlin for a meeting of the fsg/lsb on packaging. The meeting was good and informative and I think some good things will come out of it. However, my flying to berlin from north carolina was not one of them. A bunch of us flew in from the US, stayed for 4 or 5 days then flew back. In some cases it was 2 or 3 short-haul trips followed by one long-haul trip and then wash-rinse-repeat the whole thing for the return.
Air travel consumes an enormous amount of fuel and produces a massive amount of carbon dioxide. If we want to maintain a sustainable environment and a sustainable free software movement we need to adapt, now, to a changing world.
1. make better use of video and voice teleconferencing to have face-to-face meetings across the net
2. make better use of online whiteboard applications to share and collaborate from half a world away.
I know how much we do benefit from the face to face and the informal communication over drinks at a pub, but we won’t always be able to convene together to do it.