Can someone explain to me why carbon offsets aren’t actually a joke? How can anyone take these things seriously?
The basic idea is, to “make up” for your ‘carbon footprint,’ you give donations to companies and organizations to ‘reverse the environmental impact’ you’ve made.
So these places will do things like plant trees, clean up waterways, and so on, which are all really noble things in and of themselves. But they do nothing to ‘reverse the impact.’ The damage has already been done. That’s not to mention the fact that these are for-profit companies, who are really banking off your ‘carbon footprint.’
Mother Nature’s BFF
The better way is to live a life of consciousness. You don’t have to give up all your possessions and live in a shack, but simple, every day choices can make a big impact:
- Skip the plastic bag and carry stuff out if you can (or use those canvas bags).
- Get a water bottle and fill it up every day, instead of buying bottled water.
- Take shorter showers, and re-use cooking water for plants.
- Type things out and use less paper.
There are so many things you can do to help the environment, while still living your life. I’m not going to try to list them all, and no one needs to be addressed like a little kid.
The bottom line is that carbon offsets are like stealing clothes and food from your child and giving them to another kid. It makes no sense at all!
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