Carbon Offsets Explained

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Carbon Offsets Explained

  1. 1. Why Carbon Offsets? Taking a look at our carbon footprint
  2. 2. What is a Carbon Footprint • The carbon footprint is a measurement of all greenhouse gases we individually produce • World target to combat Global Warming: 2 tons per person • Typical Canadian footprint: 20 tons per person
  3. 3. This is what that looks like…. Canada vs. World Target
  4. 4. Calculating Tom’s carbon footprint • Owns a small car for out of town trips • Cycles to work • Eats vegetarian occasionally • Does a lot of things an average Canadian does!
  5. 5. Look at my footprint! Yes, I was feeling smug…
  6. 6. Then I watched…..
  7. 7. Inconvenient indeed…! • But I decided to act….. • I switched my home to renewable energy • I did away with our car • I now eat local and organic when available • I installed new windows • I did all those things you are supposed to do….
  8. 8. And I reduced my footprint!
  9. 9. After so much work…..
  10. 10. It was time for a holiday…
  11. 11. A few holidays actually… • Nairobi • Amsterdam • Edmonton • Nova Scotia • Iceland • Queen Charlotte Islands • India
  12. 12. And my footprint became bigger
  13. 13. And bigger…
  14. 14. And bigger…
  15. 15. And bigger still…
  16. 16. And it kept growing…
  17. 17. And growing…
  18. 18. Until I was back to square one…
  19. 19. Just to recap… Before I was aware After seeing An Inconvenient Truth After my travels
  20. 20. So what could I do? • I had heard about Carbon Offsets… • But what are those?
  21. 21. Carbon Offsets • By investing in offsets you contribute to energy efficiency programmes around the globe. • This ensures that the same amount of carbon your flights produce is prevented from entering the atmosphere in the first place.
  22. 22. So I bought carbon offsets… • It cost me CA$175 • To cover all those flights
  23. 23. And my footprint was back to… Where it should be!
  24. 24. Now it is up to you! • Educate your clients • Offer carbon offsets • Close the offset sale Let’s make our business sustainable! Click mouse to exit

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