Here’s an interesting TED-talk about what some Republicans would like to do to get the world in the right direction regarding climate change. (I suspect the challenge will be to get the big companies affected by the tax on board. But let’s hope this goes well!)
I found an old newspaper clip from 1912 talking about the possibly dangerous link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and climate change. But we continued and accelerated the digging up of extreme amounts of coal from the ground and let it out into the atmosphere. The next generation won’t be very happy with us I’m afraid.
Now we have made our second community climate offset investment, this time in a project from Godawari Power and Ispat Limited replacing coal with waste heat flue gases.
Together we have offset 42 tons of CO2 this time! Thank you so much everyone!
Read more about the project here: https://offset.climateneutralnow.org/whr-cdm-cpp-1719-
More information and documentation about the project: https://cdm.unfccc.int/Projects/DB/SGS-UKL1204741333.52/view
View our certificate from investing in this project: https://www.goclimateneutral.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/1491461_2008.pdf
View our invoice from doing the investment: https://www.goclimateneutral.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/invoice_1491461_2008.pdf
Since all of our users currently are from Sweden: Go @SwedenUN! And we hope many more welfare states try to beat Sweden to it:
— SwedenUN ?? (@SwedenUN) April 22, 2017
Many people are confused by the low price when offsetting carbon emissions. If it’s so bad for the environment to fly, can a few dollars really be enough to counteract the impact?
The answer is yes. At present there are all kinds of ways to reduce emissions very inexpensively. As an example, a low-energy lightbulb, available for $2 or so, can over the space of six years save 250kg of CO2 – equivalent to a short flight. That does not mean that a low-energy lightbulb make up for flying. The point is simply that the world is full of inexpensive ways to reduce emissions.
In the future, when more people and governments starts to offset, the price of offsets might gradually rise, as the low-hanging fruit of emissions savings – the easiest and cheapest “quick wins” – will get used up.
Yay, we have now made our first investment with the help of our first beta-testers! Thank you!
We bought CERs equivalent to 24 tons of CO2 through a wind power project in Maharashtra, India.
Read more about the project here: https://offset.climateneutralnow.org/14-mw-wind-power-project-in-maharashtra-2342-
More information and documentation about the project: http://cdm.unfccc.int/Projects/DB/RWTUV1229007791.61/view
View our certificate from investing in this project: https://www.goclimateneutral.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/1491461_1999.pdf
View our invoice from doing the investment: https://www.goclimateneutral.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/invoice_1491461_1999.pdf
A 6 minute video from Kevin Anderson at Uppsala University about our carbon budget and the radical things we need to do to even have the slightest chance of not passing a 2C warming.
Prof. Kevin Anderson from Uppsala University explains the concept of carbon budget really well in the video “Living within our carbon budget: the role of politics, technology and personal action” on YouTube. It’s a glimpse into the free online course Climate Change Leadership, that I truly can recommend.
Henrik Kniberg posted a really nice video on the reasons Climate Change is happening and what we can do about it.
Watch it and share!
The best way to fight climate change is to reduce your own climate footprint. There are lots of things you can do to live a more climate neutral life without having to offset anything.
- Eat Wisely. Eat less animal products and more plant based and locally produced food.
- Commute Green. Take your bike to work. If that’s not possible, take the subway, the bus or the train.
- Fly less and try going to faraway places by train. Go on local holidays and have more business meetings via Skype.
- Invest Green. Invest in renewable energy funds and in green companies. Stay away from oil, coal and companies that are not taking their climate impact seriously.
There are lots of other things you can do as well. Be creative!
When you’re having a hard time reducing your climate footprint further, offset what you can’t reduce.