Climate Positive means going a step further than Carbon Neutral, by saving MORE greenhouse gas emissions than you are generating.
There are 2 ways you can do this:
1. By offsetting more than your carbon footprint.
This has the advantage of being quick and easy to do, and may be a good short term approach. However the amount we can achieve with this approach is limited because we will ultimately have to reduce the actual amount of carbon emitted to get to net zero.
2. To help other businesses and individuals to reduce their footprint by;
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At Go Climate Positive we love to create handprints. A handprint is any contribution that makes a positive change in the world. If our footprints are what we unavoidably take from the planet, our handprints are what we intentionally give back.
So, if your Carbon Footprint represents the negative climate impact of the things that you do that contribute to global warming - your Carbon Handprint represents the beneficial effects of the things you do reduce global warming.
Another way of thinking about going climate positive is to think about creating more handprints than footprints.
After all, your footprint can only ever be reduced to zero – but there is no limit to the size of your handprint!
All the evidence points to the fact that right now, we are on a path for global warming to hit at least 3°C by the end of the century, yet we know that we need to limit it to 1.5 C and that to do this we need to reach net zero as a society by 2050. On top of this, if we add up all of the national commitments that countries made in the Paris agreement this will not get us even below 2°C.
This means that we all need to move further and faster. There are two approaches we can take:
This is what going Climate Positive really means – it means making a commitment to punching above our weight and compensating not just for our own emissions, but the emissions of others.
Sound, long-term business management would suggest that do what you can reasonably and affordably do to reduce that risk. There is plenty you can do now that meets both those criteria.
The consumer reaction to the way businesses have responded to the pandemic has shown that they reward those businesses who they see getting involved in solving problems. Survey after survey shows that people and businesses want to buy green. They want to buy from businesses taking our environmental problems seriously.
Going climate positive will supercharge your efforts to reduce carbon and will communicate your commitment to the environment far more effectively than any marketing plan.
Make a start today with a FREE Carbon Footprint review
If you would like to learn more about how to calculate your carbon footprint, we would be delighted to give you a free carbon footprint review in which we will: