The global climate change is present and harbinger of danger and disaster.There are still myriad questions to be answered about what the future holds, but there are some things we do know and act:
- The average global temperatures are on continuous rise which has been a major cause of concern.
- Atlantic ice is melting at a high rate, rising sea levels and disrupting habitats and livelihoods.
- Deforestation continues unchecked around the world as has been the fossil fuel consumption, both contributing to a rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration.
- The world over has experienced increases in forest fires, desertification and hurricanes.
We are cognizant of the imminent problems, but there are concrete actions we can take to help. A new movement is beginning as part of "Green Campus", a way for individuals to reduce their impact on the planet.
Carbon, in the form of carbon dioxide, is one of the main contributors to global climate change. CO2 occurs naturally, of course, but is also released into the atmosphere by human activity. Burning fossil fuels for transportation and energy generation is a major source of increasing CO2. So is the cutting and burning of trees around the world.
To bring the issue down to a personal level, studies indicate that the average individual is responsible for generating 10-30 tons of carbon dioxide yearly - largely through use of comfort, use of vehicle and other travel.
The first step towards combating global warming is to reduce our consumption of unsustainably produced forest products and fossil fuels.
The second step is to reduce our "carbon footprint" by offsetting our remaining CO2 emissions by supporting projects that reduce CO2 emissions or capture CO2. We can determine how much CO2 we need to offset by either by using our rough estimates or by looking up our electric bill, gas bill, and our average vehicle mileage per month.
We can offer various options to individuals and groups interested in offsetting their CO2 emissions. If we would like to use a rough estimate of your emissions based on average consumption figures, we can work out on the following levels of annual CO2 emission offsets. Which category best describes your lifestyle?
- Student: bikes or buses to school, travels during summer & winter break, lives in a independent house or apartment building, producing 10 tons of CO2 annually
- Low Emission Adult: commutes via bike, mass transit, or carpooling, travels occasionally, lives in a small energy efficient home or apartment, producing 15 tons of CO2
- Medium Emission Adult: commutes in a compact single-occupancy car, travels several times a year, lives in an average home, producing 20 tons of CO2
We can offset our emissions at more modest levels: 2.5, 5, or 7.5 tons of CO2 for individual activities. Easily offset our carbon by supporting the movement of "Green Campus".
- High Emission Adult: commutes in a large single-occupancy vehicle, travels frequently, lives in a large inefficient home, producing 30 tons of CO2
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