Branch Magazine: Issue 1

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.

The first issue

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.

Future Issues

The next issue of Branch will be released in spring 2021. If you are interested in contributing, we would love to hear from you. Learn more about how to submit an article.

We would also welcome opportunities to distribute the magazine and talk about these issues with you.

Demand Responsive Design

Branch was also designed to be “Demand Responsive” to adapt to and reflect the physical infrastructure of the internet and the energy behind it. Utilizing data from a grid intensity API and the user’s location, Branch has different interface designs that are shown dependent on the current energy demand and fossil fuels on the grid where the user is. The different design states:


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.

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.

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