"I want you to act as if the house is on fire because it is." - Greta Thunberg, World Economic Forum, Davos, 24 January 2019
The evidence for climate change is getting more apparent by the day and the time has come for us all to go Carbon Neutral. The last few centuries, with the introduction of technology such as planes and cars, have done more damage to the earth and environment than ever before. According to The World Meteorological Organisation as of May 2020, we have officially passed the 1.1° Celsius warning and the greenhouse gases only keep rising.
The bushfires in Australia, melting ice caps, droughts, and floods throughout the world have served as an alarm to people like us who see it as empirical evidence. While there are still people in powerful positions calling this “fake news”, it is left up to the individuals and businesses to take action into our own hands.
My Environmental Awakening
I used to live in India until the age of 3 and oddly yes, I still remember this. I used to go visit my cousins in a city called Bangalore, I remember this being a wondrous vacation, not only because I had the opportunity to see my cousins, but also because the temperature was perfect. My cousin and I used to endlessly play on the swing in the front porch, while a mild breeze rustled the leaves of the trees lining the streets.
Fast forward more than a decade and a half later, I was on holiday in India and went to visit some friends in Bangalore. I returned excited to visit the city with all of my pleasant, childhood memories. This time it was very different, I went to a city where the traffic was bumper to bumper and the weather… sweltering hot.
It made me question whether this is the same city I used to visit several years ago. What had changed? It was the hub to all the big tech companies and high-density apartment blocks, with trees nowhere in sight. The contrast was stark.
This is when I realised, this was not just in Bangalore, these changes were happening across the world.
This trip changed me. I started paying attention to the efforts of former Indian president Dr. Abdul J Kalam’s Green Kalam Project, which aimed to plant over 10 million trees across India and documentaries such as Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth.
I returned home to Adelaide and made some minor changes in my lifestyle. I continued my vegetarian diet opting for food with less packaging, started using technology to take notes, changed from halogen to LED lights, and started using cloth bags instead of plastic for my groceries.
Kuriet’s Journey to Carbon Neutral
Now as an adult and having started my own business I have the choice to make even further-reaching changes, and a stronger commitment to climate change. My co-founders and I discussed that we need to play a bigger part in the movement and be ethical. Our values guide us, that’s why we decided to do our bit for the environment by going carbon neutral with Pathzero.
Running a business some unavoidable activities produce a carbon footprint, however, with Pathzero we have the peace of mind to purchase high quality certified offsets. The best part is that going carbon neutral is easy. Pathzero uses industry benchmarks to help measure, a near accurate representation of our greenhouse gas emissions, and the whole process to go carbon neutral can be done, entirely online, in less than 5 minutes.
This shows that we have gone 100% carbon neutral, which means all of the greenhouse gas emissions from our business operations have been nullified by purchasing verified carbon offsets that have removed an equal amount of carbon from the air. If you want to click to see what projects we’re supporting, just click on the badge to see our live report.
Stand United with other Communicators
We are also proud to say we have joined the communicators declare initiative and hope to see others in our industry follow suit and play their part in tackling one of the biggest issues of our generation.
It’s time to act now to create a more sustainable future. The power lies with us. If all of us who care, don’t just declare but act now, we can be a combined force of good and create some real change.
“The Earth is what we all have in common.” —Wendell Berry
If you would like to work with us or want to understand how to go Carbon Neutral, feel free to contact us.