The environment and social justice are burning issues in today's world. As I work, I want to minimise my carbon footprint and contribute something positive to the world and its inhabitants.
This is an evolving process, and I readily admit I am not perfect, but here are my commitments:
- In my office, I use self-generated electricity (solar panel) or electricity from a green energy supplier.
- Electrical equipment is set to power saving mode whenever possible.
- I buy refurbished electrical equipment whenever possible (this means used equipment that is in very good condition and has been fully serviced).
- I prioritise repairing/servicing equipment over replacing and upgrading without question (this article speaks to why this and the previous point feel important).
- I provide voluntary editing services to small charities or organisations with very low budgets (who would normally be unable to afford such services). I offer this for an average of half a day a week.
- I use a hosting provider with a progressive environmental policy.
- I exercise discernment in accepting work. If a company shows a clear disregard for the environment or the well-being of other life, I will not work with them. Similarly, if an individual or group promote ideas that I feel are harmful or divisive, I will not work with them.
- I strive towards promoting language that is inclusive, empowering and respectful to all. I acknowledge that, like most people, I carry a myriad of subconscious bias, and I endeavour to shine a light on that.
I'm always open to other suggestions on how I can do better – if you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them!