Happy New Year from Runbox

As 2018 draws to a close and the sun returns in the northern hemisphere we can conclude that it’s been another dramatic year for the world, especially with regards to our environment and the climate.

From heatwaves in Europe to wildfires in California, flooding in Asia, and hurricanes in the eastern US, 2018 has continued the trend of increasing temperatures, increasing sea levels, and an increasing population, and the environmental crises are almost too numerous to count.

The ominous climate report from the IPCC summarizes our shared predicament, and undisputably illustrates that all of humanity, indeed all of the species on our planet, are in one and the same boat.

However, we are nowhere near on track to avoid dramatic warming of the climate, according to the recent IPPC report.

In Norway these changes are also noticeable, and although we are more fortunate than many other areas of the world with the majority of our electricity being generated by hydropower, both our personal convictions and our company values compel us to do more.

Among the strongest indicators that our planet’s ecosystems are collapsing is the increasing rate of species extinction, and in particular those at the top of the ecosystems.

In Norway, aside from the polar bear and the arctic fox, especially the seabirds along the Norwegian west coast are endangered. Among these the lomvi (thin-billed murre; Uria aalge aalge) in Norway has seen its population decrease 90% in the past 50 years due to climate change, food shortages, fisheries, and fishing gear and is now critically endangered here.

Lomvi
Lomvi
Credit: environment.no/NINA

In order to improve the condition of these birds it’s crucial that information about their condition is gathered through observations and reported through the media so that the authorities can make informed decisions.

Therefore, instead of a special holiday offer to improve our result for the year, we want to give back to the environment. We have decided to donate NOK 10,000 to Lista Bird Observatory, an organization on the southwestern coast of Norway whose purpose is “to document development of bird populations by monitoring bird migration over time”.

We encourage other small businesses around the world to do the same for their preferred non-profit environmental organization. We may be small, but if we all contribute according to our ability we can make a difference.

From all of us at Runbox, we wish everyone the very best for 2019.

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Free services for environmental NPOs

When a year nears its end there’s a natural inclination to take stock, and 2016 has been a year like few others.

At Runbox, while working hard each day to improve our product and ensure that our services are reliable and secure, we have watched the world’s events unfold from our vantage point in the high north.

With customers in 172 countries we feel that we are connected with people in every corner of the world.

And as our planet completes another revolution, its fate seems more uncertain than ever. Just since Runbox was launched in 2000,

  • average global temperature has increased 0.4°C [1],
  • average sea level has risen almost 6cm (2 inches) [2],
  • human population has grown by more than 1 billion [3], and
  • around 30,000 species have gone extinct [4,5].

 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming

Humanity’s ecological footprint is so large that we are literally about to eradicate the planet’s resources:

  • Humans annually absorb more than 42% of the Earth’s terrestrial net primary productivity, 30% of its marine net primary productivity, and 50% of its fresh water [6].
  • 40% of the planet’s land is devoted to human food production, up from 7% in 1700 [6].
  • 50% of the planet’s land mass has been transformed for human use [6].

Clearly this is not sustainable, and humanity is on a collision course with its environment.

This increasing urgency implores us to do more to help decrease human impact. We all depend on our environment — and when it deteriorates it affects us all.

So starting this Christmas, in line with our Company Values and our commitment to sustainability, Runbox will offer free services to environmental non-profit and non-governmental organizations.

This includes both our email hosting and web hosting services, up to 100 email accounts and 1 000 MB website storage per organization. If you are a registered environmental NPO/NGO, please contact us to apply.

We encourage other email and web hosting providers to do the same.

And we wish everyone the very best for the new year.

Sources

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming

2. http://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/sea-level/

3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_growth

4. https://www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/G204/lectures/204conservation.html

5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocene_extinction

6. Vitousek, P. M., H. A. Mooney, J. Lubchenco, and J. M. Melillo. 1997. Human Domination of Earth’s Ecosystems. Science 277 (5325): 494–499; Pimm, S. L. 2001. The World According to Pimm: a Scientist Audits the Earth. McGraw-Hill, NY; The Guardian. 2005. Earth is All Out of New Farmland. December 7, 2005.

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