Being a part of the change
We all know the famous quote “ change is the only constant in life”. But all changes around us might not be good for our well-being and for society. One such change that worries me nowadays is Climate change.
In this post, I am not going to discuss the impact of climate change as there are several blogs, stories, and reports from IPCC and large organizations that details how serious is this change. While I was going through these reports, I wanted to be part of this change and tried to figure out, how I can contribute to climate change and what actions, do I need to take in order to mitigate climate change.
What is the learning from my study on climate change?
I come to know that the aviation industry contributes around 2–3 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, and as per a report from the International Civil Aviation Organization, aviation emission is only going 300–700% by 2050, and with the plane passenger numbers getting double within the next two decades as per Internation Air Transport Association things are going to be worse. Let us see a comparison between a flight and a high-speed train for travel between London and Paris. We can see that with public transport, we can reduce the carbon emission and can also reduce the expense related to travel.
What actions did I take to reduce my carbon footprint?
Recently, I had a travel to make from Dubai to Delhi and while I was making myself aware of the impact of climate change and how much flight travel contributes to it, I was looking for the option to offset carbon emissions from the flight I need to take (as public transport in case of this travel was not an option due to geographical conditions). After my research on carbon-offset options, I could find Climes.io (a start-up working on Carbon projects and fuelling a circular carbon economy) and they could offer me several options to reduce carbon emissions. Impressed with the platform and the solutions they provide, I decided to start with low-hanging fruit and carbon neutralize my flight travel. In one way journey, I neutralized 201 Kg of CO2e and that is equivalent to planting around 3 trees to absorb CO2 or offset a ride in a diesel car that runs for around 750 km.
According to a Swiss study, 1.2 billion trees would have to be planted on Earth to absorb two-thirds of the CO2 produced by man since the industrial age and I reduced my carbon footprint with my first small step towards climate change mitigation.
What are the benefits of carbon offset projects listed in Climes?
I can list three benefits that led me to quickly decide to start with climes and not find other alternatives.
- User-friendly website and gives good experience and knowhow of carbon neutralization and circular carbon economy.
- You can choose a project to allocate your climes and in my case, I decided to choose a waste to energy project in Madhya Pradesh. In addition, you also get rewards and you can make a purchase of a sustainable product from the partner websites.
- All the listed projects are Verra Standard and Gold Standard and give you complete transparency of your investment. You can also check the Journey of your climes.
With this post, I wanted to create awareness of climate change, carbon offset, and platforms available that can equip us to allocate our investment for climate change and give us an opportunity to lead a sustainable life. If you are excited to be part of this change, don't wait and check for all the transformation possibilities offered by Climes.