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geoff



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PostPosted: 28/03/07, 08:00    Post subject: Climatecare - do something now to help the environment. Reply with quote


Each time we heat our homes, take a flight or drive the car, CO2 is added into the atmosphere. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that is released when fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal are burnt.

Offsetting means paying someone to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere by the same amount that your activities add. In this way you can 'neutralise' or 'balance' the CO2 added by your activities.

Climate Care offsets your CO2 by funding projects around the world. These can be in:

    Renewable energy – this replaces non-renewable fuel such as coal
    Energy efficiency – this reduces the amount of fuel needed
    Forest restoration – this absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as the trees grow

So as well as taking steps to reduce your 'carbon footprint' you can offset what remains, helping to promote low-carbon technologies where they make the most impact.

For more details: http://www.climatecare.org/index.cfm
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Rhodie



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PostPosted: 06/04/07, 08:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do get fed up of hearing wealthy people, especially politicians, attempting to excuse their frequent flights by glibly saying that they offset their trips by contributing to such a company as Climate Care, http://www.climatecare.org

Not only are the rich developed nations producing climate changing gases out of all proportion to their populations but they are now adding insult to injury by paying poorer countries to take action so that they themselves can continue to abuse the planet with self satisfaction written all over their faces. The essential thing is that we must all drastically reduce our carbon emissions or our children and their children not to mention the rich tapestry of life forms on the planet will pay the consequences. This will inevitably mean changes in life styles and frequent flying will have to be one of them.

When are we going to grasp the nettle and take action?

The government continues to pay lip service to the problem but does very little. There is an indication that the population as a whole leads the government on what we should be doing. You only have to look at how soon the grants available for help towards the cost of installing photo-voltaic cells and wind turbines etc. are taken up to see that people are crying out to take action against climate change. A fixed amount is available in these grants each month and they are always taken up within a few hours on the first day of that month. As with the conversion to lead-free petrol we need a little financial inducement. Lead-free petrol was a none-starter until a price differential was introduced, it then took off.

Studies have suggested that one of the favourite schemes to which offsetting funds are directed, afforestation, will take up to a hundred years before they will have the desired result on carbon capture by which time the planet will be an entirely different place.

Climate Care may be genuine in their aims but the business of offsetting opens up the field to shady businesses and, as the government has declared, is completely unregulated. Many people have become very wealthy from running offsetting schemes. Even Climate Care state that, “In 2004, about 60% of the cost per tonne of CO2 offset was spent directly on projects and their management”. So if you use 4,000 kWh of electricity and 2500 litres of heating oil a year Climate Care’s offsetting charge would be £63.15 of which £25.26 goes on royalty payments to Climate Care Ltd., management costs and staff wages. Would it not be better spending the total on perhaps low energy lamps, draft proofing or the like to reduce your demand?

An article , “Offsetting your carbon footprint takes decades”, appeared in the Sunday Times of 11th March 2007 by
Jonathan Leake, Environment Editor.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article1496888.ece
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geoff



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PostPosted: 16/04/07, 10:59    Post subject: Something has to be better than nothing ? Reply with quote

I generally agree with you Rhodie that much more should be done by everyone, but surely you would rather people did at least something rather than nothing at all ?

The idea of firms like Climatecare is that since it is the collective amount of CO2 being generated by mankind in general that is causing the problem.

If we can pay poorer countries to emit less CO2 by investing in more efficient practises, then overall less CO2 is emitted - a good thing surely ?

Geoff.

(Can you please check your Times article link - seems to be broken ?)
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Rhodie



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PostPosted: 03/03/08, 10:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

The philosophy of offsetting is nicely spoofed in:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3_CYdYDDpk

Within the video are the answers to Geoff’s questions
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