How we are different

We are symbiotic environmentalists.

Our philosophy:

We need more energy, not less usage. We need to get it from better, renewable, sources.

We to use our water better, and we need to accept the practices of recycling and cleaning it, so that it’s availability can meet our needs.

It is our responsibility to integrate with nature by adapting ourselves to it, and it to us, in ways that are mutually beneficial.

We are gamers.

Here at Hotfix Earth, we are also gamers. We are looking for ways that we can keep gaming into the future, and keep enjoying all the technology that goes with it, while still looking out for the Earth.

Gaming innovation realistically means new and bigger systems, hardware upgrades, and new peripherals. More energy, and more water being used to make it all. We want to enjoy a technological future that can support the gaming community without having to feel guilty about what we love to do. This future is within our grasp. Many of the technologies that we need to make it a reality exist today, but are not being utilized, invested in, or developed properly. We want to help change that. You can help us change it too.

We work with projects where even small donations can make a big difference.

Your donations go to real, impactful projects, where just a little help can produce big results. Education, innovation, awareness, and fundamental change.  What we’re doing is not going to change the world overnight, but it will plant the seeds for a much greener, healthier tomorrow. Little seeds grow into big trees, and big trees planted in the right places, can change the world.

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Symbiotic Environmentalism

What is symbiotic environmentalism? It is a way of environmentalism which realistically deals with balancing the needs for humans to develop, consume, reproduce, and advance technologically with our responsibility to act as stewards to the natural resources and other living organisms of the earth.

It is time for both environmentalists and industry to get real. Humans need energy, food, places to live, chemicals, and technology. People will almost always put people first. Even those of us who can come to terms with self sacrifice will often readily legitimize the destruction of the world around us when it comes to providing for those we feel responsible for, or the ones we love. What parents wouldn’t kill the last sea turtle to feed their starving child? What leader wouldn’t raze a mountain to feed a starving nation?

The reality is that environmentalism must be practical. Everywhere we turn there is an environmentalist telling us to “preserve”, “restore”, and “protect nature”. But what really is “nature”? Is it what was here, on Earth, before all human influence? Is it what we now have remaining in our specially protected “wilderness” areas? They are two very different things. Are we, humans, not also part of the Earth’s ecosystem too?

This is where “symbiotic environmentalism” is defined. It is in acknowledging that we, as humans, have already changed the world into a place that is far beyond ever restoring it to what it was before we existed, and that it is inevitably within our nature that we will continue to change it more. However, the symbiotic environmentalist sees their role in the future of the world as a steward to the plants, animals, and natural resources that interconnect us all, and not as merely a consumer, or even the parasites that we have been called. The symbiotic environmentalist casts off the antique idea that we humans, as the pinnacle of life on earth, have been given the earth to provide for us, and take up the idea that we are instead here to care for it. As the earth’s most advanced life forms it is our responsibility to nurture and provide for the eco systems which surround us, and to insure that the resources, plants, and creatures around us will remain plentiful and healthy for generations to come.

Symbiotic environmentalism is not about preserving “nature”. It is about looking for the most realistic ways to foster a healthy ecosystem that can sustain the world’s increasing human population. This means that sometimes we humans will have to adapt, but it also means that sometimes we will have to help the ecosystem to adapt to us. It’s about literally making our cities greener, integrating plants and wildlife with our agricultural, industrial, and urban needs. It’s about applying long term innovations that will meet our growing energy and resource needs, and quick solutions that will prevent us from passing on even greater problems for the generations to come.

Most importantly, it’s about making it practical.

The first step into the new and the unknown, is always the most difficult and frightening, but it is also the most amazing and memorable. Like Lewis Caroll’s Alice discovered, it takes courage to explore the world from a new perspective.

Won’t you step into the rabbit hole with us? As you might see, we are already very, very late.




Featured image “City of Nature” by Michal Sambora (Samborek)

Special thanks to this amazing artist who has been very supportive of our environmental efforts.

What is a Hotfix?

What is a Hotfix?

A “hotfix” sometimes also referred to as a “Quick Fix Engineering (QFE)” update, is a single, cumulative package which includes information that is used to address a problem in a software product.

“Hotfix” is a term that usually applies to quick but important changes which are often being applied to live or “hot” systems; that is, applications and servers that are up and running, without taking them down for a planned and scheduled patch.

We see Hotfixes all the time in our favorite games and applications, when developers catch a nasty bug that can’t wait to be fixed, or when they can make a small quick change to stop something going wrong with the game from crashing our fun, or even to prevent something from being exploited in ways that can ruin the game’s systems long into the future.

Here at Hotfix Earth, we’re running campaigns and projects which are also looking to make quick but important changes.  We just do it a little differently.  Our goal is to make “Hotfixes” to an ecological, social, and environmental system that is also up, running, and in every meaning of the word, live.