According to the UNDP, if digital technologies were a country, it would nearly surpass the US as the second largest contributor to climate change. By 2040, the digital industry could be responsible for 14% of global emissions.
Like most millennials growing up in the West, I've used digital devices every day for the past 30 years. Whether it's been for work, maintaining relationships, or entertainment, these devices have become an integral part of our lives. Back when I got my first computer, an Amiga 500 for Christmas in 1989, few considered the consequences of these machines like; who made them, for what purpose and what they were made of. Fast forward to today, and digital technology has enabled the creation and (mis)understanding of how our world works.
During my 20+ years as a sound designer, my digital craft has also enabled me to make the screen industry a bit more equitable and accessible. Efforts include advocating for changes to film sound awards (BIFA), inspiring diverse representation, establishing women-focused initiatives, and creating educational courses to increase diversity in leadership. When the climate debate grew louder, I shifted my attention from sound design to understanding the challenges of building a more sustainable world, completing an MA in Sustainable Design. I also acquired a certificate in Sustainable Business Management at CISL and Regenerative Practice from Regenesis.
This led me to dedicate part of my new work to exploring how real change can happen - starting with the sector I know best - the screen industry.
Through challenging and supporting each other, we can create inspiration and confidence to make a difference. Measuring our carbon emissions is the first step toward understanding our impact, and to start telling a different story.