Every organisation and individual creates a carbon footprint.
Even with a concerted effort to reduce our impacts and work sustainably, we are all still responsible for some carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases being produced. These gases are released into the atmosphere where they cause global climate change.
We could choose to ignore this and take no action to mitigate the consequences of those unavoidable emissions, or we can take responsibility for them.
One way of taking responsibility is to ensure that an equivalent amount of carbon is removed from the atmosphere, or never emitted in the first place.
This is carbon offsetting.
Carbon offsetting, in a nutshell, is about balancing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.
Companies, organisations, and individuals around the world are offsetting their carbon footprints to make sure that they are not contributing to climate change through the actions they can’t avoid.
Carbon offsetting has plenty of benefits too. Our projects help make the future safer by reducing the effects of climate change. They also improve biodiversity in the areas where we restore woodlands and bogs. Animals who are struggling to survive with reduced natural habitats will be able to thrive in safe reforested areas. Their food sources will be improved in boglands that have been reflooded and restored.
Communities also benefit. Farmers and landowners who participate in the projects will be financially compensated for the use of their land. This added revenue stream can help through difficult times and can make marginal land profitable.