Hi, I'm a business owner who wants to do my bit to help alleviate the climate emergency rather than contribute towards it.
When I started to look into it, I found lots of conflicting advice and a lot of noise about "green" initiatives that would, at best, have a tiny effect and at worst, actually make things worse.
"Go Climate Positive" was born from my desire to take an objective look at the climate impact of my business, to focus on doing the things that will reduce that impact the most and to tell my customers about my commitment transparently and honestly.
Chief Carbon Coach & Founder
Climate change is the biggest issue of our age. Since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established in 1988 the science has become increasingly clear that global warming is real and that our actions are driving it faster and further than the human race has ever seen.
The correlation between the average temperatures and atmospheric carbon dioxide is very strong.
The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 30% higher than at any other time in the last 800,00 years. For a sense of scale it's worth bearing in mind that our species, homo sapiens, has only been around for 200,000 years.
We are currently on track to reach a global temperature rise of around 3°C, compared with pre-industrial levels. Yet, the IPCC has painted a stark picture of what is likely to happen if temperatures rise by just 2°C:
This illustrates that human prosperity, equity and health are intimately connected to the state of the planet and the health of our natural systems.
"Real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and in our economics and in our politics." - David Attenborough
Check out the following topics to learn more about climate change and carbon footprints
The Go Positive approach
Go Positive is a community of businesses committed to making sustainability “business as usual”. Our aim is to place the tools for driving sustainable growth into the hands of every business leader. Right now, we are focussing on carbon because the climate emergency really is our biggest threat and our greatest opportunity.
The Go Positive philosophy is that when we focus on creating a world that is better for us, better for our children and better for the plants and animals we share this planet with, we create a better business. This is why we love the idea of "handprints".
A handprint is a contribution that makes a positive change in the world, that helps improve the lives of others – including helping to reduce someone else’s footprint
If our footprints are what we unavoidably take from the planet, our handprints are what we intentionally give back.
When thinking about the climate, your Carbon Footprint represents the negative impacts of the things you do that contribute to global warming, your Carbon Handprint represents the beneficial effects of the things you do to reduce global warming.
We do this by helping others to reduce their carbon footprint. If we do this, we can massively increase our positive impact on the climate by multiplying our efforts many times over.
After all, once you have reduced your footprint to zero there is nowhere else to go, but there is no limit to the size of your handprint
We have 4 guiding principles:
We know we are not perfect, but we strive every day to live up to these principles, and we truly believe that our business is better for it.
Go Positive is an approach to doing business that places equal emphasis on people, planet and prosperity. We understand that the long-term sustainability of our businesses and our society depend on the extent to which they add value to all 3 of these assets. This is more true today than it has ever been, with the looming climate emergency, continued social injustice and growing economic inequality.
This is why we wholeheartedly support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and believe that we need to achieve all of them, if we are to achieve any of them.
Make a start today
If you would like to learn more about how your business can help tackle climate change, we would be delighted to give you a free carbon review.
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