If there is a goal that Greta Thunberg can say she has reached, it surely is that of spreading awareness among the global population on the issue of polluting emissions. Not even the most distract of individuals can still ignore the basics: emissions are bad for the planet and they are responsible for the global temperature rise. This is surely a good result, especially because it leads to a more concrete question: what can we do to help our planet?
CO2, risks (and advantages) of carbon dioxide
CO2, or carbon dioxide, is a natural gas that is part of the cycle of life. In fact, it contributes to the natural thermoregulation of our planet, and it is therefore fundamental for life on earth. Particularly because it is a natural element of crucial importance, however, a variation in the quantity of carbon dioxide can cause great damage to the planet. Together with the other greenhouse gasses, CO2 leads to a global rise in temperature, which not only contributes to ice melting, but also to the desertification of green areas. To understand how central the role played by temperature is, suffice it to say that an increase of only 2 degrees Celsius can have catastrophic consequences for our planet.
Man-made CO2: why are we responsible of climate change
Each and everyone of us contributes to polluting CO2 emissions. Elements such as coal, oil and natural gas are widely used not only by the industry, but also in our day-to-day life, and their use releases CO2 in the atmosphere. The most known example for this are plane flights: the British newspaper The Guardian recently published a carbon calculator to calculate, for instance, that flying from Milan to London implies the emission of 193kg of CO2. Reducing emissions, then, means also reducing all those activities that imply the use of fossil fuel. Ride your bicycle instead of driving your car, travel by train instead of by plane, and so forth. However, we can also do more than this, and the planet itself gives us the perfect solution. In fact, trees play a fundamental role in the natural process of thermoregulation, as they absorb CO2 and release oxygen.
Plant a Tree and Adopt a Tree: a few ideas to actively counterbalance CO2 emissions
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) estimated that one tree can absorb about 10kg of carbon dioxide a year, giving back oxygen in exchange. This is why iGreenGadgets cooperates with the PlanVivo Fundation project offering customers and clients the possibility of joining two initiatives: Plant a Tree and Adopt a Tree. With Plant a Tree you will take care of a tree for the whole duration of its life cycle, while with Adopt a Tree you will be able to take care of a tree on a yearly basis, and an on-site operator will water it and tend to it.
Plant a Tree and Adopt a Tree are thought for both privates and companies, giving them the possibility of counterbalancing the CO2 they cannot avoid to produce. The processes for the reconversion of production activities can be very long, as well as private citizens often cannot avoid using polluting means of transportation. By joining Plant a Tree and Adopt a Tree, however, CO2 emissions can be counterbalanced, mitigating the environmentally negative effects of your activities.