Climate change refers to significant changes in global temperature, precipitation, wind patterns and other measures of climate that occur over several decades or longer.
Global average temperatures and other changes in climate are closely correlated with levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere, especially carbon dioxide. In the last 150 years, since the beginning of the industrial revolution in western countries, global average temperatures have been rising. As GHG concentrations in the atmosphere increase due to human activities, so do global average temperatures.
In fact, we have seen 15 successive years of record high temperatures.
Burning fossil fuels is responsible for most GHG emissions (4/5). This is mostly from power plants, transportation, and industry. Land use changes, such as cutting forests, is responsible for about 1/5 of GHG emissions.
Carbon Footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, or activity. The average carbon footprint of a US household is 48.5 metric tonnes (or 106,924 lbs) of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) equal to 5,457 gallons of gasoline consumed. The majority of this is from electricity consumed at home and transportation.
A Carbon Offset is a way to compensate for your greenhouse gas emissions by funding an equivalent carbon dioxide savings elsewhere. It both helps to combat global climate change as well as to care for local communities around the world.
No matter where in the world you invest in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the impact on climate is the same.
You can blend your personal contribution in any way you please between acting at home and elsewhere to make a difference.
You can live a less carbon intensive lifestyle at home while making a real difference to people’s lives in Africa, Asia and Central America by reducing their emissions through efficient cooking and lighting.
We will make up the difference between what you do at home and what you need to do elsewhere to neutralize your climate footprint.