"If it were only a few degrees, that would be serious, but we could adapt to it. But the danger is the warming process might be unstable and run away. We could end up like Venus, covered in clouds and with the surface temperature of 400 degrees. It could be too late if we wait until the bad effects of warming become obvious. We need action now to reduce emission of carbon dioxide."

- Professor Stephen Hawking, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge

University, on Larry King Live, Dec 25, 1999

What can we do?

One of the many things that an individual or business can do to help address the enormous challenge of global climate change, as well as reducing your emissions, is to accept becoming carbon neutral.

Whenever we use fossil fuels, whether by driving, flying, using trucks and couriers, heating our buildings with oil or gas, or using electricity which has been generated with coal or gas, we cause the release of carbon, which forms carbon dioxide, the Number 1 greenhouse gas.

Whenever we use paper that is not recycled, we contribute to the loss of forests and forest soils, which store immense quantities of carbon, reducing the ability of our planet’s ecosystems to store the carbon we are so busy releasing.

Whenever we send material as garbage to the landfill, we cause the release of methane, the Number 2 greenhouse gas.

So what can we do? We can reduce our emissions, and we can render them “carbon neutral” by investing in initiatives which will prevent the release of a similar amount of emissions elsewhere, or which support long-term carbon-storage.

The most common method to become carbon neutral involves investing annually in a tree-planting initiatives that will absorb (sequestrate) a similar quantity of emissions.

Another method involves investing in initiatives which prevent the release of a similar amount of emissions, such as paying to retrofit low income households with efficient light bulbs, or supporting the use of wind energy by a low income community. The key to genuine carbon neutrality is that the organization receiving your support would not have made the same investment on its own behalf.

Every one of us has to face up to our planetary responsibility, and become carbon neutral, but it is much harder for some than others.

Accepting responsibility.

When dealing with the greenhouse gas emissions associated with a product or service which passes through many hands it is important to understand that;

the carbon emissions belong to the initiator, if you want it, the emissions are yours.

The logic here is that if you had not requested something, the emissions along the chain, from the raw source to the warehouse, would never have happened so when you order something, the carbon emissions associated with that request belongs to you.

In a perfect world, a carbon-neutral tax would be charged on all fossil fuel use, and the proceeds would be invested in initiatives to reduce global climate change.

However no such initiative exists today so we have extended this principle and created this mandate;

Each company should, in the interest of preserving life on this planet, offset the carbon emissions created from the production and delivery of their products or services.

We have chosen to step up to the plate and take responsibility by offsetting the carbon emissions created in your purchase and have included it in our cost to you.

It only seems right that we take action on the planet's behalf.

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