Explorations and Initiatives
We’re in a climate crisis. The internet contributes significantly to the world’s global carbon emissions. But we also believe in the internet as a global public good that can inform, empower and connect us.
So how can we reduce emissions and advance a more sustainable internet? What else could the open internet do for the planet?
We invite technologists, designers, political minds, activists and citizens who care about the internet and our planet to imagine alternatives and develop potential ideas for the future together.
On our journey to environmental sustainability, we are exploring different initiatives and projects:
- Research. Together with the Ford Foundation and Ariadne, Mozilla commissioned a research about the intersection of digital rights and climate justice.
- Sustainability at MozFest MozFest 2023 takes place virtually from March 20-24. Sustainability is being discussed in the Tech & Biodiversity Space. E.g.: The Digital Doughnut: A holistic way of exploring tech's impact on global sustainability
- Glossary. When you’re striving to have a positive impact on the world and your surroundings, language matters. As Mozilla is embarking on a more committed journey towards environmental sustainability, we are also heightening our attention and attuning our vocabulary to the challenges ahead of us.
- Speaker Series. We realise we're new to this journey, so we invite experts from across the field to share their insights, lessons, and recommendations with us.
- Visit our Museum of the Fossilized Internet. In this art and research object, we are in 2050, looking back at the internet's vast greenhouse gas emissions through miniature representations of the major contributors. And the exhibit can now also be explored on Mozilla Hubs!
- Foresight Workshops. This series of foresight workshops convene sdiverse, interdisciplinary groups to explore different facets of a positive, sustainable future, e.g. by exploring options for the EU's AI policy or strategising with funders.
- Magazine. In September 2020, the Mozilla Foundation in partnership with EIT Climate KIC and Climate Action Tech will launch a space to discuss a sustainable internet and the initiatives that could make this vision a reality.
Former projects and initiatives:
- MozFest Sustainability Track. MozFest 2021 took place virtually from March 8-19. For the first time, we curated a dedicated sustainability space. There was a Sustainability Track at Mozfest 2022 as well.
- Earth Day 2020. The climate crisis needs our attention. And our solidarity. On April 22-24, 2020, Mozilla encourages its staff and volunteers to join the #EarthDayLive campaign. Resources and logistics are provided here.
- 1000 Ideas. In a series of workshops, we asked what can be done right now to make the internet more sustainable. These ideas range from very specific actions, like changes in UI or hosting providers, to broader calls for more research and advocacy. And you can still add yours!
- Future Scenarios. In this participatory process, we are developing desirable future scenarios where we imagine a more sustainable internet, as well as the ambitious changes in society, economics and technology necessary to realise them.
All of these explorations are designed to spark conversation and generate bold, actionable ideas. We seek to collaborate within and beyond Mozilla towards a more sustainable internet, and welcome working with anyone interested in making that happen.
Individual and collective action need to go together: everyone can do their part and we need systemic change. We’re not looking to vilify people or behaviours, instead we’re inviting everyone to join our journey in figuring out how to do better, and what that even means.