Can offsets work?
In the US, we account for 20% of man made greenhouse gas emissions, with less than 5% of the population. What if the other 95% all lived like we do? Footprint reduction through conservation and smarter consumer choices is critical, but most of us will still be far above a level that is sustainable for the planet.
Without using offsets, there is no way to close this gap. When done right, offsetting your footprint supports global solutions and real change. The catch is that not all offsets do that.
Offsets can support forest preservation, energy efficiency, poverty reducing fuel switching, and other permanent changes - encouraging a new sustainable future and making up for the carbon footprint created by your lifestyle. But many generic or 'blended' offsets do not ensure real impact and ignore whether the projects helps lift people, save ecosystems, or preserve wildlife. Worse yet, others subsidize 'dirty' industries, sell environmental benefits that would have happened anyway, or lack credible standards.
You won't find those projects here. ClimatePath seeks out projects that follow established standards, and have added benefits that deserve recognition. Finally, you can feel confident that offsetting works. No vague and misleading project descriptions, generic credits, or bundling of livestock projects with wind power. We commit to bringing you radical transparency for each offset project, so that you can see where your money goes.
We also want you to be part of the conversation, to talk about what you're doing, and to help solve the problem by enlisting others in the fight. That's why we want you to choose the specific projects to support with your offset donation. It's why we commit to talking about conservation not just in easy tidbits, but presenting deeper objective analysis. And why we are building tools to help you spread the word.
Can offsets make a difference? If you recognize that structural changes here at home will take time we don't have...and if you are willing to use the power of your pocketbook - created by our carbon-driven economy -- to take the world in a new and sustainable direction, then the answer is yes.
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