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.

Utah air quality
(Image Source: THE WAY HOME — The Shift to Telework and its Air Quality Ramifications)

The pandemic has proven that vast amounts of work can literally be done from anywhere.

Forcing people to work from home, ending the daily commute has had a *dramatic* impact on NO2 emissions and city air quality.

Given that the science is clear on what we need to do to minimize the impact of human induced climate change (ie reduce global emissions by 7.6% every year for the next 10 years) there is NO excuse, given the global remote work experiment, not to legislate the end of the daily commute of everyone that can literally work from anywhere – at least until all office buildings run off renewable energy and all road transportation is electrified.

“Carbon Emission Lockdowns” are on the horizon. Use this opportunity to reimagine how you work and make your workplace commute free.