Phil Sturgeon is a renowned API and PHP developer. He's now starting a charity called Protect Earth to plant trees across the UK.
In this interview, I talk with Phil about his environmental work, and cycling around the world to fundraise for the project. How does he manage to launch a hugely ambitious new project and hold down a high-level day job?
We discuss small steps all of us can take to create a more sustainable world, even if we're running a million miles an hour with our businesses and development work.
Watch the interview with Phil
Here's a quick guide to our discussion:
- 1 min: Introducing Phil. Sign up for Phil's newsletter!
- 3 mins: How Phil became interested in environmental work.
- 5 mins: Introducing Ecologi as a very valuable charity.
- 9 mins: Phil's bike travels.
- 12 mins: Starting the new charity.
- 13 mins: Financing for the new charity.
- 15 mins: Finding land for the trees.
- 18 mins: Buying the first plots of land.
- 20 mins: Holding down a full-time job alongside this work.
- 22 mins: Where your money goes if you support Project Earth.
- 24 mins: Talking with people about the climate crisis.
- 26 mins: What we can do to help. BloomClimate.com and Planetly.org are useful tools. Phil's article on how to get involved.
- 27 mins: What's next for the tree-planting project?
All the PublishPress interviews
Click here for a collection of environmental talks. Below is a list of all the WordPress people we've talked with.
- Johannes Benz on hosting that’s good for the Environment and Society.
- Phil Sturgeon on being a developer and planting 1000's of trees.
- Tim Frick on building better WordPress businesses with B Corps.
- Tom Greenwood on sustainable WordPress sites and businesses.
- Zack Katz on values-drive WordPress businesses.
- Hannah Smith on the environmental impact of WordPress.
- Steve Beatty on the Newspack project.
- The Tag1 Consulting team on YJS and collaborative editing in Gutenberg.