What is the GreenFediverse?
GreenFediverse is a open project to empower the fediverse to run on servers with renewable energy and creating awareness for a sustainable development of it.
A brief history:
The open project started in 03/2019 with our main mastodon-account https://chaos.social/@greenfediverse in the beginning we created some lists: https://lite.framacalc.org/greenfediverse-instances and https://lite.framacalc.org/green-webhosting
Later https://mastodon.social/@attac_hl worked on the technical realization of a new green instances list and combined data from http://sp3r4z.fr/mastodon and https://www.thegreenwebfoundation.org/green-web-feed/ the script can be found here: https://framagit.org/greenfediverse the output is here: https://greenfediverse.frama.io/green-instances/
https://chaos.social/@moagee and a friend are developing a new list which they will hopefully drop this year. The reason is also that the old list has not been updated since September 2020 and has stopped working.
Why are we doing this?
We, as users of the federated universe called "fediverse", a decentralized social network https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fediverse, are aware that our self-hosted instances run on servers with different types of energy consumption. The worldwide need for energy, especially for our datacenters will increase and the question is: What kind of energy will we use in the future? Which datacenters and services should we prefer? Green webhosting will be one of the important key factors facing the climate crisis on our planet. We are also facing the problem of intransparency and the complexity of the energy market. Are there bad players on the market? How can we find out which energy suppliers offer us real green energy? With our lists we get a first but not complete overview about webhosting provider and fediverse instances which are using renewable energy for their servers. With this first step we try to make the connections between ecology, sustainability and technical aspects visible for everyone - our main goal is to create awareness for a sustainable development of the fediverse and the whole topic. We are also aware that it is not possible to use green energy everywhere in the world. We are aware that the production of the server hardware takes place under different conditions and that the exploitation of human and nature does not stop here. Therefore, this does not only open up questions that are limited to ecology, sustainability and technology, but also social and human rights aspects that are unfortunately always disregarded. Naming this conditions and inequalities is just a first step.
Our luck is that the GreenWebFoundation API https://api.thegreenwebfoundation.org/ is still open to use their datasets. "The Green Web Foundation is a recognized not-for-profit organisation registered in the Netherlands, that is run by a small group of dedicated volunteers located in Germany and The Netherlands." "Our strategy is simple: we use the existing protocols of the internet to understand where infrastructure is run, when we speak to the people running it to see how they power it. We then make these answers easy to look up, providing free online tools, APIs and open datasets, and helping people incorporate this information into their own services and analysis." https://www.thegreenwebfoundation.org/our-story/ also on github: https://github.com/thegreenwebfoundation
Why not being the first dezentralised social network that runs on renewable energy?
You can use and implement the script as you like - feel free to experiment with it. GreenFediverse is and will be a non-commercial and open project!