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Reduce What You Can, Offset the Rest

Here at Wildlife Works, we subscribe to the philosophy of reducing our emissions through eco conscious consumption and offsetting activities that are unavoidable events in our lives such as flying and traveling, electricity and water use or birthday parties.

Each and every one of us can do our part to collectively curb the rate of climate change.

What is a carbon offsetting?

Each of our daily actions consumes energy therefore emits carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases which has caused abnormal planetary warming. The world's increased rate of energy consumption and resulting higher temperatures is depleting our planet's resources and throwing off its natural balance which is necessary for our survival.

Carbon offsetting allows us to consume responsibly. The purchase of carbon offset credits compensates for your emissions by paying for the reduction or absorption of greenhouse gases in other parts of the world, thereby neutralizing your energy consumption.

Carbon offset credits are created through various types of projects, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, destruction of various industrial gases and carbon sequestration underground or in soils and forests. Learn about our project strategy here.

How Can I Reduce My Emissions?

Start by consuming more conservatively and thoughtfully. Some interesting carbon facts to get you thinking about your footprint:

ITEM EMISSIONS
kg CO2  lb CO2
A pair of leather shoes 15 33
A bottle of wine 1.04 2.29
4oz cheeseburger 2.5 5.5
A raw 4oz steak 2 4.4
2.2 lbs of organic tomatoes 0.4 0.88
2.2 lbs of greenhouse tomatoes 50 110
Cycling 20 miles 2 4.4
Driving 20 miles 44 96.8
Round trip flight: London to Hong Kong 4,600 10,120
The manufacturing of a Mac computer  800 1,760
*numbers are drawn from "How Bad are Bananas" by Mike Berners-Lee (published 2010)

So what are some very simple ways to cut your emissions?

Food and drink: Cut down on red meat and dairy. Eat local food and in season. Cut down on alcohol, it's very energy intensive.
Travel: Use your legs! Use public transport. Learn to be an eco driver. You can save a lot of gas by driving carefully, accelerating and braking slowly and having your tires pumped properly.
Home and work: Weatherproof your home. Manage your thermostat and wear more warm clothing in the winter. Don't over chill your refrigerator. Take shorter showers. Launder using cold water and hang dry when you can. Buy recycled and second hand.

Here are a couple links that can help you incorporate these practices in your life: Global Stewards and Eco Driving USA

These things won't save the planet by themselves.  But they'll start to make a difference and perhaps give us some breathing space.

WHAT IS WILDLIFE WORKS?

Protecting + Forests + Wildlife + Community since 1997.

Wildlife Works is the world's leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company with an effective approach to applying innovative market based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity. REDD+ was originated by the United Nations (UN) to help stop the destruction of the world's forests.