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I'm the founder of FutureWork IQ where I spend my time assisting businesses to design digital workplaces or “offices in the cloud.” These environments enable companies to allow flexible and remote working for their teams. I also teach the digital literacy, fluency, communication and collaboration skills needed to work in these modern technology-rich workplaces.

As we know, in addition to learning to live with Covid-19, we ALSO need to keep in mind that we are needing to make some serious societal adjustments to ward off another global catastrophe – the amount of CO2 we keep pouring into the atmosphere.

The pandemic has given us pause and time to reconsider and come back doing things very differently.

Case in point:

“Using data on the U.K. road fleet from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority in conjunction with emissions statistics from Defra, the campaign found that such a move [adding an additional 7 million people to the existing flexible/remote working pool] would equate to an annual reduction in commuting mileage by 11.3 billion miles, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by about 3.3 million tons. In London terms, that’s the equivalent of making Luton Airport zero carbon twice over.” (How working from home could save 11 billion road miles, cut emissions)

Think of that last sentence again: “In London terms, that’s the equivalent of making Luton Airport zero carbon TWICE OVER.”

This is something we can do IMMEDIATELY. Not to do so would be a massive missed opportunity!