Chris Adams

Co-Director, The Green Web Foundation

Chris Adams

Co-Director, The Green Web Foundation

Chris Adams

Building the Web in a Climate Emergency

As we wake up to the extent of the climate crisis, we’re starting to understand that when the scientists said we need “rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented” changes to how we work and live, they really meant it.

So what can, and what should we be doing as technology professionals if we’re in a climate emergency?

In this talk we'll learn how the internet itself has a sizable direct climate impact - and also the less obvious impacts it has too, on how we talk about climate, and how we make laws to respond to the crisis.

We’ll explore these questions, sharing what we've learned as we build an syllabus in the open for incorporating climate justice into the way we build digital services, and introduce GOLD, a set of principles you can use to build the web in a more sustainable way.

Finally we'll touch on what a climate compatible, carbon aware internet might look like in the future, and how we might design for it.

About

Chris Adams is an environmentally focussed tech generalist, spending the last fifteen years working in tech startups, blue chip companies and government, as a user researcher, product manager, developer, sysadmin and UX-er.

He is an organiser of ClimateAction.tech, a community for technology professionals taking climate action, and a director of the Green Web Foundation.