Global scale mobilisation, action and solutions are fundamental to humanity stepping up to the challenge of addressing climate change.
One of the reasons why climate change is such a challenging issue to tackle is the so-called “tragedy of the commons”.
Briefly - our atmosphere, our oceans and the planet’s natural resources are all shared resources. What one individual, organisation or country does, affects that resource for everybody else. Carbon that goes up gets distributed all around the planet. Ice that melts all goes into the same bathtub. Excess heat in the ocean is transferred throughout that entire system.
If every individual acts in his or her self-interest (e.g. the improvement of his or her economic condition, power and/or status), those resources are degraded, simply as a result of the collective and emergent behaviour of the system.
One way to address the issue is through global movements to shift our collective mindset, to encourage greater empathy for our fellow (and future) humans - and actually get us thinking (and acting!) in our long-term collective interest.
Another is to put in place strong global regulatory systems - international law and agreements to hold institutions, entities and individuals accountable - basically to “game” the system in favour of the positive collective outcome: sustainable management of these shared resources.
For the upcoming #hack4good against climate change, we really wanted to bring on a partner who was working at a global scale on both of these fronts in parallel.
With 350.org, we found exactly that!
I am thrilled to announce today that at #hack4good 0.6, 350.org are joining us to lead the “Digital activism” global challenge theme.
Check out what they do:
I am excited about this because…
- They are global - their online campaigns, grassroots organising and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in an astonishing 188 countries.
- They work in partnership - with a hundreds of partner organisations globally, including many who are also contributing towards #hack4good - the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Avaaz.org
- They are solution-focused - their work leverages people power to dismantle the influence and infrastructure of the fossil fuel industry, and to develop people-centric solutions to the climate crisis.
- And they are digital natives - perhaps the most effective global organisation at utilising digital tools to create huge global campaigns. 350 Campaigns (Beta) is their open platform enabling anyone to build and launch a climate campaign. 350.org will be participating with us in at least Berlin, Delhi, Istanbul, London, San Francisco / Bay Area and New York - as well as virtually supporting any team working on innovative digital activism and campaigning tools.
Their challenge to all of us is:
"What digital tools can we give to savvy activists and campaigners that will unlock the potential to create powerful movements for climate action?”
And one of those movements is coming a week after #hack4good:
350.org is one of the organisations helping to coordinate the People’s Climate March, taking place September 21st in NYC with solidarity events happening around the world that weekend.
We are preceding that with The Largest Climate Hackathon in History.
So what we build could actually be used by campaigners a week after the hackathon!
It is time for action. Let’s innovate our way through the “tragedy of the commons”, unite humanity and hack a better climate!
Join us in one of 45 cities or online: http://geekli.st/hackathon/hack4good-06
This blog post was by Dan Cunningham, Head of Geeklist Corps of Developers