As a business person and a climate solutions fan, I look for trends where the two intersect. Corporations and families are learning to nullify greenhouse gas pollution produced by their operations or by family energy and travel.
How? Pay others to plant trees, build wind turbines or solar farms, develop sustainable agriculture, or capture escaping methane from landfills.
This is called “buying carbon offsets:” We can now easily fund global warming solutions to the same extent our actions create it. The former zeroes out the latter, mitigating net harm.
The practice has emerged as an ethical-business trend by many companies that have publicly adopted corporate responsibility goals, or are being pressed by shareholders to do so.
And, a bonus: A growing number of families have joined the trend, and I joined them today. It was a quick two-step process any family can do…
First, I did the quick Carbon Footprint Calculator at the TerraPass website, and discovered that our home energy use, transportation and air travel put about 19 tons of carbon into the air each year. The calculator only took five minutes, and it is very easy to follow its questionnaire – similar to TurboTax.
Second, I paid the cost for mitigating that many tons of pollution for this year, using a reputable organization called TerraPass. It was $95.99USD. That’s it… and we’ll have enough new trees, wind and solar farms, sustainable agriculture or landfill methane capture to zero-out 19 tons of greenhouse gas pollution this year.
Convenient and not very expensive, but very important: this plugs what I would consider a big ethical and moral hole in how I used to run my family life!
Today, we did our part to fight the emerging climate crisis: As the saying goes, “To Save the Planet, Change Yourself First.”
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Not sure how to start saving the planet (civilization, really)? Start by always remembering Al Gore’s famous saying: “Hope is a renewable resource.”
Then, our practical answer becomes “Deeply know the personal Superpowers” we all bring to the game of life:
3) To save the planet, USE OUR VOICES and take advocacy seriously! Never miss a vote and never, ever stop influencing your government and all businesses locally, at the state level, and at the national level. As well, set a solid example for all around you to see. Jawbone to others about what we need to do, and influence them as peers. Finally, have an annual cash donations program. All of these are ways we can use our voices.
Stay focussed: Lead the way with substantive global warming solutions. (Far from being a bummer, this is actually a fun trend for each of us to be part of… get energized!) Our kids and their kids will be proud of us.
And in all cases and at all times, cast aside the learned-helplessness that infects so much of modern life… the time is now for climate change solutions. Never give up.
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