By Göran N. Wiklund, Sustainability Consultant, Sweden
Our carbon footprints are too big. We need several globes to sustain our western lifestyle. Scientists tell us it is urgent to stop using fossil fuels as the carbon emissions result in a temperature increase that will jeopardise life on earth as we know it. If we don’t manage to flatten out and push down the global emission curves we will reach a temperature increase of +2° or more. That will push earth into a new geological phase. A place not so pleasant to live in.
But there are already many positive trends which, if accelerated, can bring down emissions to acceptable levels: cheaper solar and wind power, electric cars, energy storage technology, carbon efficient buildings, peak coal has already happened, plant based food which reduces methane emissions. All these trends are fed by financial investments that find these areas to be profitable.
At the same time both individuals and organisations must do what they can to reduce their carbon impacts and become more sustainable. However, reducing carbon emissions will take time and will in some cases be difficult until and unless future technological developments help us. So in the meantime we need to do something immediately and that is to offset our carbon emissions.
Carbon offsetting helps to combat global climate change. In many instances offsetting also provides much needed employment, health improvement, biodiversity and broad social benefits to impoverished communities.