This week, a bit behind the times maybe, we discovered Branch, an online magazine put together by the Climate Action in Tech community, and an excellent read for anyone who cares about a sustainable internet.
This post will be short, and will mostly quote from their own about page because it sayst it all:
“Branch is an online magazine written by and for people who dream of a sustainable and just internet for all.“
“We believe that the internet must serve our collective liberation and ecological sustainability. We want the internet to dismantle the power structures that delay climate action and for the internet itself to become a sustainable and positive force for climate justice.”
There has only been one issue so far, Autumn 2020, but he second one should be out in the spring and I’m hoping that it is the start of a regular thing. The first issue eloquently does just what it promises:
“The first issue of Branch looks at underlying structural issues of the climate crisis and its inequalities. We seek to go beyond tech solutionism and towards intersectional climate justice work. We strive to connect sustainability to root causes and to inequalities experienced at different intersections—gender, race, class, ability, and so on.”
“This issue features visions for a more sustainable internet as well as practical efforts to get us there. We hope to not only articulate what these desirable futures are, but also to embody them with specific tools and art. Contributors include climate activists, open source technologists, indigenous leaders, artists, energy scientists and degrowth experts.”
We definitely recommend taking a look, it’s well written, insightful and genuinely interesting. You can find it at https://branch.climateaction.tech/