Our carbon footprints are too big. We need several globes to sustain our 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 lower emissions to acceptable levels: cheaper solar and wind power, electric cars, energy storage technology, carbon efficient buildings. Peak coal has already happened, and plant based food reduces methane emissions and water usage. All these trends are fed by financial investments that find these areas to be more and more profitable.
At the same time individuals and organisations can reduce their carbon impact and become more sustainable. A way to avoid the cost of offsetting and even save money is to simply change your lifestyle: less travelling by air, less meat in your diet, a garden of your own with vegetables, car sharing, heating your house with wood. Such steps could easily cut your personal emissions in half.
However, reducing carbon emissions will take time and, in many cases, be difficult unless technology helps us. So in the meantime we need to do something: 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.
As of end February 2018, the Findhorn Foundation embedded a link to PET’s Carbon Offsetting calculator in their website, to invite Foundation guests and staff to actively engage in this carbon strategy.