The societal challenges we are facing will be solved by people - not by technology and machines.
People talking to each other. Software is made by people. Digitalization alone does not solve climate change. Or inequality. It’s people that create that change.
If you are writing software, you can make a difference by addressing the environmental impact of the software you are creating.
Awareness for the environmental impact of software is growing but remains a niche topic unless we taken action.
In 2023, the movement has grown with more organizations, tooling and businesses pushing into the emerging field of Green Software.
But we need to be cautious, as it still remains a niche, a niche we all need to work together to continuously expand, to bring more people into our bubble. To share our knowledge and make it easy for people to take a first step - to measure, to share the environmental impact and to learn how to take action to reduce it.
We can’t splinter now as a sustainable software community, we are still small, we are the challengers of the current market and we need to agree on our common priorities: Transparency, standardization and policies that support a new market for resource-efficient, transparent and environmentally-friendly software.
Yes there are social aspects, there questions around sufficiency and the usefulness of digital products & services. Those we need to discuss, and address overtime. But addressing environmental impact - first through transparency and then through best practices & regulation - is the most tangible, the most actionable and urgently needed to halt the climate crisis.
We need pan-European collaboration to find a common language for our digital world. We need to work together to set the standards on how to measure the environmental impact of digital products. And then we need to take it to the international community together.
We need to urgently regulate to create a market for resource-efficient, transparent and environmentally-friendly software. The first step is for all digital products to declare the environmental impact of their usage and make it transparent to the customers.