Some key takeaway’s from Steve’s talk at ICSE.
- Climate change the biggest global crisis ever. The causes and consequences are beyond comprehension for most people. To keep things simple: It is likely that over 90% of the world’s population will die in wars and disasters caused by climate change.
- Plastic vs. paper, light bulb choices, recycling and other such “green activities” are necessary and good, but far from sufficient. Given that each of these takes psychic energy, they are at best a feel-good distraction and at worst a dangerous and insidious form of problem avoidance.
- Every moral person must address the problem using his or her skills.
- Software engineers analyze and build systems. We must apply our skills to climate change.
A man from the UK proposed that ICSE accept only papers that directly address the intersection of software engineering and climate change. This is ridiculous, but the political changes that are necessary to avoid disaster sound even more ridiculous.