Trump withdraws U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement and thereby the U.S. role as a leading country towards a sustainable future. America First seems to mean America Alone, and make America Great Again seems not to include solving global problems and making Our Planet Great Again.
So what does this mean for all of us who wants to combat climate change? When the U.S. as the worst CO2 polluting country in history does not take responsibility, the challenge of slowing down climate gets bigger.
But we still have our hopes up; it just means that the rest of us needs to do quite a bit more – if we are to try to slow down climate change at all. So what can we do? It’s awkwardly easy (on a personal level at least): fly less, eat less meat, invest green, commute green and go climate neutral now.
We have now made our third community climate offset, this time in Trang Palm Oil Wastewater Treatment Project in Trang Province, Thailand.
This time we have offset 50 tons of CO2, great job everyone!
Read more about the project here: https://offset.climateneutralnow.org/trang-palm-oil-wastewater-treatment-project-in-trang-province-thailand-3335-
More information and documentation about the project: https://cdm.unfccc.int/Projects/DB/JQA1264983224.77/view
View our certificate from investing in this project: https://www.goclimateneutral.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/1491461_2048.pdf
View our invoice from doing the investment: https://www.goclimateneutral.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/invoice_1491461_2048.pdf
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:
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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.