October 22, 2018
October 22, 2018
It’s been a crazy hot summer, right? We’re a distributed team spread over five different countries, but that’s something that we all agree on. It seems that the recent heatwaves affected all of us. Let me rephrase that: climate going crazy affects all of us. And I don’t mean just the team members at Brains & Beards.
However, apart from the record temperatures (as it seems to happen every year now, unfortunately…), there are a few more things that got me thinking recently:
So, what came out of all this thinking? Well, it’s pretty clear what the problem is — Earth is going straight down to hell in a hand basket. It’s also pretty clear on what I can do and (as a co-owner of a software development studio) and what resources I could leverage to help the situation. Let’s build some software!
However, being crazy about efficiency and productivity I know it’s a wasted effort to think of and start some new initiative just by ourselves. Instead, it’d be much smarter to join forces with a team that already knows what they’re doing, but needs help from software experts.
So, if you run an environmental project that’s trying to tip the scales on the side of humanity’s survival — let us know and we’ll help you. It won’t be free (there’s a lot of research on why free help isn’t necessarily a good idea), but we’ll offer you significantly discounted rates. You’ll get expert help for your project with an affordable budget. The main guideline is: if you’re helping save the humanity by decreasing our harmful impact on Earth’s resources — we’d probably love to help you.
However, what about if you don’t run an environmental project yourself? Well, you can still help us help the planet, just keep on reading.
As everybody, we live in a bubble. Being developers and writing a technical blog, most of our audience are probably fellow developers, not people who mount solar panels in remote Brazilian villages. That’s where we need your help.
Even though we don’t build build revolutionary solar panels, there’s plenty of ways we can help different organisations. Coming right below, there’s a list of problems we’d be particularly interested in (and well suited to!) working on. Maybe one of them rings familiar to you and you can put us in touch with somebody who could take advantage of our offer.
The first challenge we’d love to help with is spreading the use of sustainable energy sources: solar and wind. Although we won’t design a more efficient solar panel, there’s still a lot of connected work that fits our area of expertise:
Long story short, a meat dish requires a lot more of natural resources to prepare than a vegetarian one, with beef being the least environmentally responsible meal choice. Of course, it’s difficult to completely change your eating habits from one day to another, but there are initiatives that nudge people into making better choices.
I’ve lived in a few countries that traditionally are very meat-oriented. In Poland, Spain, or Germany, meat traditionally is the default base of any lunch or dinner dish (except maybe on Fridays). I know that in many cases it’s the external factors that keep us from a healthier diet (good luck being vegetarian in Hungary!). But there are many ways we can improve the situation without a big effort, my personal favourite being the Weekday Vegetarian idea.
However, how can mobile apps make people go vegan? Well, we all know that mobile apps play a big role in forming (and keeping!) our habits. And for many people most of their meat consumption is just that — a habit that can be changed. It’s definitely something that the tiny computer in our pockets can help us with, whether via apps that suggest easy vegetarian lunches you can take to work, or helping keeping track of your meals.
Obviously, transportation sector has a big impact on climate change and there’s a lot that can be improved there. In our case, it’d probably be easiest to focus on two aspects that we already have experience in:
In the Western world, we’re chasing a lot of things. We try to have the newest phone, the best this, the most expensive that, etc. What we’re often missing is the purpose of all those objects — why did we get them in the first place. Consumerism is definitely not sustainable and makes us exploit the natural resources at an alarming pace. Cutting down on amount of stuff that we possess is a good way of limiting our negative impact. There are a few ways that instantly come to my mind how we could do that:
However, all of those ideas to work need a strong local social network to work well. And what do we use nowadays for growing our personal “social networks”? Yes, mobile apps. Whether we like it, or not.
So, if you’re working on an environmental project that needs some help in the mobile department (or you know somebody who does!), let us know. We’d love to help you saving our planet.
Let’s join forces! 💪
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