Today’s Clean Coffee was an intimate affair with three humans and the timer taking part. Note to self: Good Friday is perhaps not a great day for a meetup! Nonetheless, we didn’t let the small numbers stop us and ended up having a relaxed and fruitful conversation. We — Chris and Alicia— switched roles this time, with Chris taking on the role of facilitator and Alicia being a regular participant instead.
Topics we talked about:
- How can we build on the momentum that seems to be growing with climate change protests at the moment — is there anything we can be doing to help amplify?
- What’s the most convincing argument you can make for management? Reduced turnover? Ease of hiring? Long term Risk exposure?
- I’m looking for examples of a coherent policy around travel that I can refer to, or share with orgs who want to do something about the impact of flying. Is there anything around?
Topics we didn’t have time to talk about:
- What’s the closest thing to a pledge to say you won’t work with fossil fuels or similar in your profession?
- Is there anything like Extinction Rebellion happening in Berlin/Germany?
- I’ve been taking more flights recently — how can I best offset those, if I can’t avoid them?
Links & notes related the topics we discussed
Topic 1: How can we build on the momentum that seems to be growing with climate change protests at the moment — is there anything we can be doing to help amplify?
There’s organising (building capacity to act on a request), and there’s mobilising (making the request) . More useful theory below:
One approach might be to create sample policy. We’re trending towards open anyway with company playbooks. What if we make it easy to make PRs or share sample policy?
Topic 2: What’s the most convincing argument you can make for management? Reduced turnover? Ease of hiring? Long term Risk exposure?
In one example shared, having it come from the top, with a existing structure helped. B-Corp is serving a community not really catered for by the existing sustainability industry as they mainly work for much larger corporates. There are examples available though, and models we could try.
- M$ share some of their sample policy, https://www.greenbiz.com/article/how-microsofts-internal-price-carbon-saved-it-10-million-year
- An example for SMEs — good work from wholegrain digital, https://www.wholegraindigital.com/blog/measuring-your-carbon-footprint/
- Wholegrain digital’s template, https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Mi3Z1iNhEOP0zUpnzLKqR8CPSb3dS0p0OjVNKdwtDJM/edit#gid=922328430
- Worth asking among these lots for examples in Germany https://nachhaltig.digital/
- People talking about risk in corporate context — https://icebreakerone.org/2019/04/15/ib1-update-2019-04-15/
- Highlights from this new report into mainstreaming low-carbon lifestyle may help — there’s a good amount covering how to tailor messages to audiences:
Topic 3: I’m looking for examples of a coherent policy around travel that I can refer to, or share with orgs who want to do something about the impact of flying. Is there anything around?
Stripe is doing good work here:
- Alex Glowalski —staff are offsetting themselves, because they care, even if there isn’t a formal policy at work https://twitter.com/glowascii/status/1119072793880977408
- What if there was a shared carbon budget for working together on projects, the same way you have actual cash money budgets? Having a policy beforehand on CO2 before an engagement might help here:
Offsetting tends to be focussed around trees, but that’s also an artefact of us studying it more than alternatives. Grasslands are another option, and often grow faster: