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The ecological footprint is the measure of the impact of our actions on the environment. As many different sources of pollution make up our ecological footprint, it is sometimes difficult to calculate it. By measuring the carbon footprint, we calculate the ecological footprint on an equivalent basis in CO2. Thus, it becomes easy to measure the impact and to compensate.
Offsetting is the action of indirectly neutralizing one's carbon footprint with the purchase of verified carbon credits. It is possible to calculate one's footprint with an online calculator and then purchase credits.
Carbon credits are official and verified securities issued for the completion of projects that reduce carbon emissions. Each credit is equivalent to one ton of CO2 and can be purchased to offset its carbon footprint. NatureLab's purchase of carbon credits finances the development of new projects internationally, and the planting of trees in urban and semi-urban areas.
Yes, the offset system with carbon credits makes a real difference. It is a sustainable circular economy that supports the development of projects with measured and verified impacts, in addition to aiming to make individuals and companies responsible for adopting sustainable habits with regard to their carbon footprint.
It is sometimes difficult, even impossible, to accurately calculate one's carbon footprint. It would be necessary to be able to trace the origin of all products purchased, as well as their means of transportation. Online tools allow individuals to easily offset their car travel, home energy, and travel. Businesses can take action on their carbon footprint by offsetting the production of goods, facility energy and deliveries.
Organizations and individuals should actively offset their carbon footprint. All human activity has a daily impact on the state of the environment. To make a difference, it is necessary to take responsibility at both the business and personal levels.
Offsetting is one part of the overall solution. Of course, purchasing carbon credits has a significant impact on developing sustainable models, but it is only part of the solution. Companies must develop business models around sustainable practices to reduce their impact. Individuals need to adopt more sustainable lifestyles and make more responsible consumption choices. By reducing and offsetting the global carbon footprint, this is how we will make a real difference.
Companies can get involved with NatureLab by offsetting their carbon footprint through the purchase of carbon credits, offsetting deliveries and energy, or developing a comprehensive sustainability plan.
NatureLab plants four trees for every carbon credit sold in its urban and semi-urban forestry program. The trees will have a long-term effect on carbon sequestration in the air, as well as developing and protecting natural ecosystems near human living areas. The plantations allow for the restoration of land without natural succession, the creation of forest corridors and the protection of wildlife. In addition, several co-benefits on humans and trees in urban areas have been identified!
Carbon sequestration is the trapping of polluting carbon. In other words, it is the ability of plants to filter CO2 from the air. All living things are composed of carbon, and plants have the ability to absorb carbon from the air and store it over the long term. This is also why reforestation and the protection of forests helps to reduce the mass of CO2 in the air.
Fast-growing plants capture the most CO2 from the air. Bamboo, for example, is one of the most carbon-intensive plants. Conversely, denser trees, such as conifers, also have an excellent capacity to sequester carbon, but over a much longer period. So it's a matter of climate, soil and duration when choosing the right trees to plant.
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