The following is a guest post* discussing the practice of making videoconferencing a regular component of academic conferences and the like, for the sake of the environment, by Colin Marshall (UW Seattle) and Sinan Dogramaci (UT Austin).
It follows up on Professor Marshall’s previous post, “Flying Less, Videoconferencing More“.
Videoconferencing for Climate Practice
by Colin Marshall and Sinan Dogramaci
Fellow colloquia/conference/workshop organizers: please join us in adopting the Videoconferencing for Climate Practice!
- Have a significant percentage (at least 15%) of talks and presentations be done remotely—in particular, through videoconferencing—instead of using air travel, and
- Find additional ways to improve the climate impacts of our professional activities, especially at the institutional level (universities, professional associations, and governments). These include aiming for higher percentages of remote and local talks, institutional support for buying carbon offsets, institutional divestment from problematic industries, and finding ways to directly influence local and national governments.
- The British Philosophical Association’s guidelines for environmentally responsible business travel,
- The Age of Metaphysical Revolution’s approach to environmental sustainability, which included a conference on David Lewis involving extensive videoconferencing by presenters and online participation, and
- Tufts University’s Parke Wilde’s document on greatly reducing flying for academics.