Carbon emissions do not discriminate by border. One tonne of emissions released locally is felt globally. But just as importantly, one tonne of carbon emissions reduction locally helps to lower emissions on a global scale. Everything we do to reduce carbon emissions will make a difference.
What are Carbon emissions?
We all create carbon emissions by going about our everyday lives. These carbon emissions, often called greenhouse gases, trap heat in our atmosphere and are affecting the world’s climate.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading climate science body, states that to avoid irreversible damage, we must reduce emissions by 40 to 70 percent (compared with 2010) by the middle of the century. Rising sea levels, changing weather patterns, increasing extreme weather events, and declining biodiversity are having an unprecedented affect on our planet. Reducing carbon emissions should be a priority for us all.
Australia has the highest carbon emissions per capita of all developed countries.
Australia is the driest inhabited continent in the world, making us uniquely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
According to the World Bank, in 2019 Australia’s emissions per capita was 24.1 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person – almost five times the global average! As a nation, there is great scope for us to reduce our emissions by changing our behaviour. The less we pollute, the better it is for everyone – present and future.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of a global problem like climate change – but together, we can make a difference!
As individuals, we use too much, consume too much and waste too much – therefore emitting too much. Every action you take to reduce your emissions has a direct impact on your carbon footprint.
The first step in reducing your emissions is to measure. Our Carbon Calculator will help you understand where your emissions come from and what your carbon footprint is. From there, you can identify easy behaviour changes and reduce your emissions.
However, some emissions are unavoidable. The next option is to offset. When you buy carbon offsets from us, we plant trees and restore natural habitat.
You can also donate and gift trees to family, friends, colleagues, and clients. As an added incentive, purchasing carbon offsets, gifting trees and donating to Carbon Positive Australia is tax deductible.
Remember to talk about it. Sharing your journey and how you are reducing your emissions could inspire others. Together we can be part of the solution.