Branch is an online magazine written by and for people who dream of a sustainable and just internet for all.
We believe that the internet must serve our collective liberation and ecological sustainability. We want the internet to dismantle the power structures that delay climate action and for the internet itself to become a sustainable and positive force for climate justice.
We see this magazine as a space for personal reflection, critical engagement with technology and internet economics, as well as experimentation and storytelling. Creating change requires all kinds of practices—art and design, professional development, civic participation, policy and advocacy, imagination and positive visions for our future. This is our small attempt at sharing what inspires and challenges us towards a sustainable and just internet for all.
Branch is available online and perhaps later in print as a stand-alone magazine or a supplement for other publications.
Issue 2 (Spring 2021)
The next issue of Branch will be released in spring 2021.
Themes we hope to include: a Green Deal for technology, visions for the web in 2025, indigenous internet infrastructure, an open movement for the climate, upskilling in climate science, a New European Bauhaus for sustainable design and code, feminist/queer/decolonial/antiracist digital futures, and new technical capabilities for greening the internet.
Issue 2 sets out to demonstrate fresh thinking in how to green the web technically, aesthetically and politically. We want to broaden awareness of collective efforts and uplift pilots and prototypes that are working in promising ways. We will also look closer at the “twin transitions” of sustainable and digital economies as well as identify assets and gaps for our work to be more effective together.
If you are interested in contributing, we would love to hear from you. Submit an abstract or proposal by March 15, 2021.
We would also welcome opportunities to distribute the magazine and talk about these issues with you.
Issue 1 (Autumn 2020)
The first issue of Branch looks at underlying structural issues of the climate crisis and its inequalities. We seek to go beyond tech solutionism and towards intersectional climate justice work. We strive to connect sustainability to root causes and to inequalities experienced at different intersections—gender, race, class, ability, and so on.
This issue features visions for a more sustainable internet as well as practical efforts to get us there. We hope to not only articulate what these desirable futures are, but also to embody them with specific tools and art. Contributors include climate activists, open source technologists, indigenous leaders, artists, energy scientists and degrowth experts.
- Managing Editor: Michelle Thorne
- Editor: Chris Adams
- Assistant Editor: Laurence Bascle
- Design: Tom Jarrett
- Development: Jack Lenox
- Development support: Chris Adams
- Cover Illustration: Hélène Baum (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Bill Johnson, Brett Gaylor, Camila Nobrega, Chenai Chair, Christine Larivière, Eirini Maliaraki, Extinction Rebellion NYC, Fieke Jansen, Gabi Ivens, Janet Gunter, Jesper Hyldahl Fogh, Joana Moll, Kamal Kapadia, Laurent Devernay, Lu Ye, Maddie Stone, Melissa Hsiung, Michael Oghia, Taylor Rowe, Tom Greenwood, and Vandria Borari.
Unless otherwise noted, all texts are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 International License.
With support from
EIT Climate KIC, Mozilla Foundation, Climate Action Tech, and the Green Web Foundation with special thanks to Michelle Zucker, Rocio Armillas-Tiseyra and Ilona Puskás.