Offsetting Your Personal Emissions
It seems most articles and social media posts about climate change are focused around the dire situation we are in when it comes to the climate and rightly so. Here though, I wanted to make an effort to outline some of the ways you as a consumer, and really just as a person who lives on this planet, can put a little money where your mouth is when it comes to your emissions.
The average person living in one of the big four first world countries (Canada, the United States, Australia, and the UK) is responsible for emitting approximately 17 metric tonnes of CO2 every year. Granted, this number is found by determining the CO2 emissions for your country and distributing that amongst it's citizens. You might think this is not very fair, but considering China, a country responsible for nearly $500b in imports to the US, is averaging out at around 7 metric tonnes of CO2 per person, we have some work to do.
Alright, alright, so what am I suggesting?
I am suggesting that you consider first, trying to reduce your emissions in your day to day life by using your car less, putting some thought and research into the products you buy, and generally being more conscious about your emissions on a day to day basis. Secondly though, I think it's a good idea for people to look into offsetting the emissions they are currently responsible for through carbon offsets.
Carbon offsets again? I can't get through an article on this website without you bringing those up!
Yeah, yeah I know but I think they're cool and useful, ok? Leave me alone.
Calculating Your Personal Emissions
In my opinion, putting a little money away every paycheque with the goal of offsetting the amount of an average person in your country is a good place to start. This makes sure that you climate conscious people are offsetting your emissions and probably more to cover the emissions of those dense enough to believe we're not in a crisis too whether they like it or not.
If you want to be more exact though and just want to offset your own emissions (Which is an awesome thing to do, don't get me wrong), Offset Gear has a calculator you can use to get a more exact number. You can use this number to guide donations to renewable energy projects, tree planting programs, or other eco friendly projects.
Check out the calculator and keep coming back as you make efforts to cut down on emissions throughout the year! Play with some of the values and see how much of a difference it makes to work from home one day per week or go without meat one or two days a week.
If you want to start offsetting some of your emissions, check out our shop! We are 500% carbon negative so you will be offsetting all the emissions used to make and ship the products plus offsetting some emissions from your day to day life.
Thanks for reading!