As human beings in the 21st century, we have access to more social, economic, and industrial outlets than in any other time period. Due to this, emitting pollution is inevitable. Even if you were to follow every energy-saving and emission-reducing step, you would still be left with a carbon footprint.
However, by using carbon offsets, you can neutralize the greenhouse gas emissions you cannot avoid, all the while funding the growth of more sustainable projects, which counteracts your impact.
Buying carbon offsets is a way to reduce your impact by compensating for emissions you cannot avoid. For example, a company that manufactures cars cannot become fully "green" in its operations. Still, it can purchase carbon offsets to make up for what it emits in production. Similarly, an individual could buy offsets to make up for the pollution caused by their lifestyle choices.
The individuals and institutions who participate in buying offsets are the ones driving climate-positive impact. Like anyone else, they also fly in airplanes, drive cars, and use electricity generated by fossil fuels. Simply because they're humans, and it’s unavoidable. However, this group understands this and takes accountability for the unintentional damage they inflict on the planet.
While these activities remain crucial to our high-functioning society, we must coordinate our efforts to maintain the source of all our economic and social growth, the environment.
A carbon offset purchase benefits two parties.
The money used to purchase offsets is recycled back into projects that reduce or remove greenhouse gas emissions. The result is "regenerative finance" (ReFi) because it funds initiatives that have a climate-positive impact on the environment.
We've stated that the act of buying offsets is a way of saying that you don't want your emissions to damage the environment. However, it's also an investment in a healthier planet because you are financing the development of new technologies and processes that help society become more sustainable.
Not only does this reduce your carbon impact, but it also creates jobs in the sustainability sector, drives innovation towards a green economy, and reduces emissions globally. To meaningfully reduce the threat of climate change, we need to invest in projects that will generate value and continue to do so over time. That way, we can lay the foundation for a regenerative economy.
Carbon offsetting is not a perfect solution, but we don't need perfection, we need progress. It's a way for individuals and businesses to take responsibility for their emissions and make a real difference in the fight against climate. By funding these projects, we can create a regenerative economy that supports both people and the planet.
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