How do we do this best & what are the next steps?

Redhearts.org has launched and everyone is invited to help lay the foundations. The best place to do that is in our community subreddit. Please inform yourself and others. Please read the about page too! If you don’t like what you see there – stop reading now. It will save you the embarrassment of being ignored by those who care and choose to act.

Redhearts.org is about coming together to be part of the solution in the global climate crisis. It is not about pointing out how individuals are imperfect in being part of the solution. There will be no cancel culture. We’re all human and canceling denies us the opportunity to learn from each other. We need to cultivate a positive error culture.

We will however point fingers at the industry and companies to demand immediate action! We will always strive to do this in a way that reflects the level of respect that the individual companies have for the environment and people that make, play and love games.

Redhearts.org exists as a force for positive change in gaming. We fully support unionization, diversity, and anti-predatory-monetization initiatives. We add sustainability to the list of changes we want in gaming. Redhearts.org is not here to be a brand for these changes. We support and learn from the efforts, successes and struggles of other initiatives. This is not a place to discuss whether human made climate change is real. It is!

My personal next steps are:

  • Make sure we have the right tools (subreddit, redhearts-wiki)
  • Reaching out to people with a connection to games
  • Asking lot’s of people for help
  • Listening and supporting
  • Grow Redhearts

We’re going to need experienced Reddit mods and wiki contributors.
Contact [email protected]


Next steps

  • Inform ourselvesΒ 
  • Crowd source an open letter to the gaming industry on what changes they need to make. We’ll do this on ourΒ subreddit
  • Look at personal changes we can make (switch to renewable energy now!)
  • Use our voices to demand action & inform others using #Redhearts #Gamers4future #DontBeAnNPC
  • Join the discussion here: subreddit, redhearts-wiki

Starting resources

Scientific reports and research: Green Gaming: Energy Efficiency without Performance Compromise:
http://greengaming.lbl.gov/project-publications

UN / industry Playing4thePlanet Alliance & press release:
http://playing4theplanet.org / https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/video-games-industry-levels-fight-against-climate-change

Hugo Bille talks about what developers can do:
https://urplay.se/program/214409-ur-samtiden-sweden-game-conference-spel-for-en-varmare-planet

Video about gaming culture: The Fate of the Frog Men
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_yfnQPaD_E

External Articles about games and climate

A NEW WAVE OF INDIES ARE USING GAMES TO EXPLORE CLIMATE CHANGE

Article by Cian Maher for TheVerge. - Games have huge potential as interactive education tools. The article looks at the indie games Beyond Blue, Abzu, Endling, Temtem, Bee Simulator and the people behind these games. A great quote from one of the gameamakers: β€œWe believe that well-crafted games have the power to speak to the human condition,” he tells me. β€œ bring new and diverse voices to the medium, and celebrate the complexity and beauty of our planet, helping us to understand and shape our world.”

πŸ”— Microsoft announces plans to be “carbon negative” by 2030

Article by Rebekah Valentine, staff writer at gamesindustry.biz. - Article about the great news that Microsoft just announced! Microsoft has committed that they will be carbon negative by 2030 for direct emissions and their entire supply and value chain.

πŸ”— Australian university launches study into industry carbon emissions.

Article by Haydn Taylor, senior staff writer at gamesindustry.biz. - Led by Dr Ben Abraham at The University of Technology in Sydney, a survey has launched to measure the environmental impact of game development. The survey also attempts to asses the position of developers towards climate change.

πŸ”— Twitch Streamers Raise Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars To Fight Australian Bushfires

Article by Nathan Grayson, senior reporter at Kotaku. - The article tells the story of a group of streamers that raised $220,000 to fight Australian bushfires in 36 hours. Great example of the community coming together. Let's not just treat the symptoms, but work to be part of the solution too though!

πŸ”— Video: Google and Amazon are now in the oil business / Vox.com

Video by VOX.com - Tech giants Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are working with Big Oil to extract more oil and gas by using machine learning. The companies have been very vocal and active about their sustainability efforts. In parallel though, they are currently teaming up with the fossil fuel industry and profiting from them.

πŸ”— THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF A PLAYSTATION 4

Article by Lewis Gordon for the verge. - An excellent article breaking down the environmental and human impacts of Sony’s Playstation 4 console. Looking at our hardware is another crucial piece of the puzzle to figure out how of what video games have to do with climate change.

πŸ”— YouTube stars raise over $6m to plant trees around the world

Article by Jessica Murray, writer for The Guardian. - More than 600 social media creators, many of them with gaming channels join the #TeamTrees fundraising campaign to plant 20m trees. Each $1 donation plants one tree. They have currently raised more than 15m $ by rallying their large numbers of followers.

πŸ”— Can game makers rise to meet the challenge of climate change?

Article by Haydn Taylor, senior staff writer at gamesindustry.biz. - This article provides a good overview of the latest developments in the gaming industry regarding the challenges of climate change. The article includes analysis of the pledges by the industry in the "Playing for the Planet" Alliance and voices from experts on the matter.

πŸ”— Video Game Companies Vow Action On Climate Change, But Critics Say They Need To Do More

Article by Cecilia D'Anastasio, senior reporter at Kotaku. - Great article providing an overview of the climate change and video games with voices from experts and activists in technology, games, energy and climate change.

πŸ”— Video games industry levels up in fight against climate change

Good news: the gaming industry is waking up! Some of the largest companies in the games industry, with an audience of 970 million players, have committed to take action in response to the climate crisis. The commitments will result in a 30 million tonne reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030 and will see millions of trees planted.

How video games are making the world a better place in 2019

This wholesome article by Alex Avard for GamesRadar+ lists many examples of how games are making the world better. The initiatives, projects and charities listed in the article support and work in areas such as: climate change, participation, accessibility, mental health, education and maintaining cognitive capabilities of the elderly.