What is Climate Change?
As defined in the Oxford Dictionary:
“Climate Change is a change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.”
We should all care, but many people want to hide it away and ignore the scientific facts of climate change. Many people don’t understand what’s happening because of all of the distractions created by the opponents who want to bury their head in the sand on this critical issue. The facts are the facts and we can all agree that things are changing. We might disagree about why they are changing, but there is no doubt that our environment is changing and it’s changing fast. Most scientists believe the world is changing because of our dependence on fossil fuels as there is a direct correlation to the earth’s temperature change and our growing dependence on them.
What Can I Do To Help?
While we still need fossil fuels to live, we can do some things to help lessen our impact on the climate. Footprint Earth Foundation has a common sense approach to reducing our carbon footprint on the world. We believe that a combination of carbon reduction and offsets is the answer. Reduce your footprint by using cleaner energy like LED light bulbs and turning them off when they are not in use. Or take public transportation as often as you can. Consider all of the opportunities and make a small change today! Click here to see some things that you can do in your daily life to help.
There is no way to totally eliminate your carbon footprint through daily changes. We will continue to produce carbon, no matter what. The only way we can be fully carbon neutral is to offset what we produce.
What is a Carbon Offset?
A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for or to offset an emission made elsewhere
Carbon offsets are measured in metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) and may represent six primary categories of greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). One carbon offset represents the reduction of one metric ton of carbon dioxide or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases.
Carbon offsets are typically achieved through financial support of projects that reduce the emission of greenhouse gases in the short- or long-term. The most common project type is renewable energy, such as wind farms, biomass energy, or hydroelectric dams. Others include energy efficiency projects, the destruction of industrial pollutants or agricultural byproducts, destruction of landfill methane, and forestry projects.
How Do I Get These “Carbon Offsets?”
We can offset what we produce by planting trees, building wind farms, installing solar panels, and cleaning up our waterways, but no one person can do it all. That’s where Footprint Earth Foundation comes in. Footprint Earth Foundation invests in these projects with the funds created by selling carbon offsets. The projects we invest in are fully accredited and registered projects. Meaning that they are vetted by a third party registry company that looks at all of the aspects of the project and measures its potential impact to the environment. We use that potential impact to create a carbon credit for you to purchase that intends to offset your footprint.
Not only does Footprint Earth Foundation invest in projects such as reforestation, wind and solar energy, we also invest in protecting our lands from development. We are focused on purchasing land to save it from unhealthy development and keep it as it was intended. Once purchased by Footprint Earth Foundation, the land is protected from development through our commitment to you.
Can I Help You Get The Word Out?
Absolutely! We can always use help! We need people to help us educate the public. We would love to have people man our booths at environmental events throughout the country. If you are a college student, ask us about how to set-up a table in your student center.
In addition, we generally have some limited community projects going on such as tree planting projects you can join in on. These projects not only help the environment, they are also a BLAST!
Click here for volunteer opportunities!