CARBON OFFSETTING: WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW DO THEY WORK
Natasha, how does carbon offsets work?
The definition of carbon offsets is a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gasses, especially carbon dioxide, made to reduce the impact of emissions in other places. Simply put, this means that you create something that absorbs greenhouse gasses in equal amounts that they are released.
The result of carbon offsets is that you lessen your overall negative impact on the global environment by also creating positive effects. Carbon offsets are a way of keeping the economy stable while still improving sustainability.
Banning emissions of greenhouse gasses would disrupt today’s industry and thereby creating economic chaos.
Some of the projects funded by the carbon offsets are research projects on renewable energy sources which would help reduce the emissions in the future.
Are carbon offsets a good idea?
The discussion on whether carbon offsets are a good idea is ongoing. There are valid arguments on both sides, and no final conclusion has been reached.
The positive side states that offsets are better than nothing and that they contribute to improving the environment. If carbon offsets are combined with other actions to reduce the carbon footprint, they are a great way of helping the environment in the long run.
By using the carbon offsets for funding research projects on renewable energy sources, future emissions can be reduced. The critics claim that carbon offsets are only indulgences with no real effect and that actual cuts in the emissions must have precedence. Their view is that buying carbon offsets is easier than changing the emission behaviours and thereby it is preventing real changes to be implemented.
Our stand of point
Combing carbon offsets and other ways of reducing your carbon footprint will help the global environment. By choosing carbon offset products, shipping, and transportation, you will both make a positive impact on the Earth and make a statement that you care about our planet.
If enough people make the same choice, even large companies and industries will understand what kind of products their clients want and adjust their production.
Your own earth friend,
A Good Company