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Is Rural Coworking/Coliving the need of the environment?

May 12, 2017 By

If you have read our other posts or the website content, you may have figured out that we are passionate about making rural coworking a norm and not just an exception. Our passions stem from more than just the freedom associated with the lifestyle. We believe that remote work has the potential to change the way we look at life as a whole. In this post, we will focus on the environmental impact.

At the very basic level, Long-term traveling makes people aware of their environment
I have been location independent since over 3 years now and it has definitely made me environmentally conscious. All the discussions I had with fellow nomads about sustainability and environment made me think more about the environment and some of my other traveling friends have had the same experience. Moreover, it’s not a nice feeling when you see litter around nice places and that makes you think more about our planet.

Lesser commute
I agree that a digital nomad takes more flights to travel around the world than a conventional professional. However, daily commute for most of us is next to nil or minimal as we have the freedom to choose our office based on our location or choose to stay near our favorite coworking space. We have lived in megacities in the past and have made a village as our home base now. Having done that, we can clearly see the difference.

Lesser use of fossil fuel
Coal still accounts for a large portion of electricity generation in India and most of the electricity goes into powering cities. Imagine a scenario where all those offices running aircon and using a humongous amount of electricity go out of fashion as people move to smaller places. That should definitely ease the burden on our planet.

Resource optimization and minimalistic living
We believe that a minimalistic lifestyle and being closer to resources saves a lot of load on the planet. For example, staying in a rural setting means you are closer to where your food is produced, saving on the transportation cost and fuel for it. Minimalistic lifestyle means that you need fewer things so fewer good are transported.

There are many more tangible and intangible benefits of rural coworking for the environment, sustainability, and improved quality of life. Keep following Remote explorers for more such posts.