News & Announcements
There is no denying Formula 1 is intensive on the environment. The calculated footprint in 2019 was 256,511 tonnes of CO2e. The current report and recent departure of driver Sebastian Vettel due to climate concerns, demonstrates the industry is understanding that climate action and innovation is necessity if the sport is to continue. The team at Hydron contacted us prior to the competition to find out about calculating and offsetting their footprint.
If the recent flooding has shown us anything, it’s that we cannot and should not rely on slow-moving bureaucracies to solve the problems that face us. We can and must take action as individuals, families and communities. The future is in our hands.
Carbon Positive Australia’s own Carbon Footprint Calculator has taken a Silver Award in the category ‘Sustainability, Environment, and Climate Special Projects’. The entry was made by the team at Anthologie who partnered with our organisation in the technological development of the calculator.
For almost three decades, world governments have met nearly every year to establish how best to respond to the world’s climate emergency. Under the 1992 treaty, the UNFCC declared that every country on Earth was bound to “avoid dangerous climate change” and find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. What sets this COP apart from previous conferences is the urgency to reach Net Zero by 2050.
Earth Hour is more than just an hour for the planet. It’s a movement for our future and a call to reduce our energy consumption, one consumer at a time. We all have the power to change the way that we use resources. Small behavioural changes, when added together, can have a considerable impact.
At Carbon Positive Australia we know that carbon planting must go hand in hand with quality ecological restoration work if we want healthy ecosystems to emerge from this revegetation. This means that when we plant, we do so not with just one or two species, but with tens of species. This type of dense, multi-species planting not only sequesters carbon, but also restores land back to a similar level of species activity as the remnant bush.
When we began 20 years ago as a project initiated through Men of the Trees (now Trillion Trees), climate change was still discussed as a future event. The future is now here, and we are currently experiencing the impact of just 1 degree of warming. We now know the effects of a changing climate on the landscape, weather and ultimately our lives. We also have the tools we need to make the changes necessary to reduce warming. That’s why our mission to empower everyone to understand their carbon footprint is vital.
We have been heartened this year to see so many organisations and individuals making a pledge towards becoming carbon neutral and setting goals and targets around their journey. In spite of, and perhaps because of COVID-19, individuals and organisations are not waiting for governments and are setting their own goals and targets, and communicating them to their stakeholders. From our own research of organisations this year, we also know that internal pressure from employees and management has a huge impact. Employees want to work for organisations that are not just environmentally-conscious, but that are seeking to be leaders in this space. There is a growing recognition by everyone that the climate emergency is now upon us and that urgent action is required to bring our climate back to balance.
Carbon Positive Australia is the new name for the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund.
Since 2001, we have been helping you to offset your carbon footprint by planting trees and revegetating degraded land. Your generous support has helped us to restore over 5,000 hectares across Australia. So why have we decided to change our name now?
We want to live in a world where we give back more than we take from the earth, and where we support each other to not just turn around climate change, but to innovate and create solutions that ensure a healthy future for generations to come.
“This support has the potential to transform the Western Australian landscape on a large scale. We owe a big thanks to Lotterywest and all its supporters for seeing the importance of our work to promote innovative and creative solutions to environmental challenges.”