Since 2000 we’ve had 15 of the 16 hottest years ever. So as much as we may love putting our best shades on and stepping out into the hot sun, global warming is becoming an issue. In an ideal world, we’d move to a 100% renewable generation, but unfortunately this is no easy task.
Investing in the future…
Carbon offset schemes allow you to invest in environmental projects around the world in order to balance out your own carbon footprints. Restoring forests, updating power plants and factories or increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and transportation are examples of the kind of projects you can help with.
So rather than trying to make reductions on your own, carbon offsets allow you to pay to reduce the global Greenhouse Gases total. But, although they can counteract specific activities like air travel and driving, some environmentalists question just how effective they really are.
…or an excuse to overindulge?
It’s hard to judge the quality of offset providers and projects and people can often use them as an excuse to overindulge and not feel guilty about it. Some say it gives us the license to fly around the world, for example without the least concern about our impact on the planet, as we’ve bought ourselves a clean conscience by paying someone else to undo the harm we’re doing.
Make a pledge to reduce global emissions
Without doubt, carbon offsets do raise awareness of lowering the Greenhouse gases world total. However there are so many other ways of helping to do your bit for the environment alongside this.
Enviropledge are challenging the nation to make a pledge to make a difference. From swapping milk cartons for milk bottles or jumping on your bike instead of the train, there’s a pledge for everyone.
So choose yours, make a small donation to one of their inspiring charities and see what a difference you could make.