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.

While the desire to get back to “normal” after 2 years of dealing with this pandemic is completely understandable, we have to be very cognisant of the fact that our pre-pandemic “normal” put us on the trajectory depicted here.

The serious question is, has this data point been tabled in the boardroom as an urgent topic for discussion as we attempt to build back after the pandemic?

In other words, have these questions been asked and answered?

“How have our operations contributed to this trajectory and what can we do differently to reverse the trend?
“Do we have a clear understanding of all the fossil fuel touch points we have in order to generate revenue?”

Analysis everything through the lens of these questions:

  • Is this office really necessary? If yes, how is it powered?
  • Are these daily commutes really necessary? If yes, how are they powered?
  • Is this business trip really necessary or is there a low carbon alternative to achieve the same result?
  • Does this corporate event or training need to be in-person? If yes, how is the venue powered, what modes of transport will attendees use to get to the venue? How are those powered?
  • Etc.

We simply cannot go back to our pre-pandemic “normal” ways! Not if we want to reverse the emission trajectory we were on.

Just a reminder, while we are dealing with the pandemic and its economic fallout and now a war in Europe with its fallout, the existential climate crisis which dwarfs both these events has continued unabated, the evidence of which is making itself know weekly in increasingly alarming ways. 

For example, see Scientists stunned by ‘unthinkable’ temperature surge in Arctic, Antarctica And the current heatwave in large parts of India

We cannot kick this issue further down the road!