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A carbon footprint is "the total set of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions
caused by an organization, event, product or person". For simplicity of
reporting, it is often expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide,
or its equivalent of other GHGs, emitted.
The concept name of the carbon footprint originates from ecological
footprint discussion.The carbon footprint is a subset of the ecological
footprint and of the more comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
An individual, nation, or organization's carbon footprint can be measured
by undertaking a GHG emissions assessment. Once the size of a carbon
footprint is known, a strategy can be devised to reduce it, e.g. by
technological developments, better process and product management,
changed Green Public or Private Procurement (GPP), Carbon capture,
consumption strategies, and others.
The mitigation of carbon footprints through the development of
alternative projects, such as solar or wind energy or reforestation,
represents one way of reducing a carbon footprint and is often known
as Carbon offsetting.
CO2 - the major cause of global warming
Global warming is caused by the
emission of greenhouse gases .
72% of the totally emitted
greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide
(CO2), 18% Methane and 9%
Nitrous oxide (NOx). Carbon
dioxide emissions therefore are the
most important cause of global
warming. CO2 is inevitably created
by burning fuels like e.g. oil,
natural gas, diesel, organic-diesel,
petrol, organic-petrol, ethanol. The
emissions of CO2 have been
dramatically increased within the
last 50 years and are still
increasing by almost 3% each year,
see graph below:
Carbon Offsets
Using trees to offset carbon:
Carbon Offsets
The actions of individuals, companies and nations as a whole are all generating carbon emissions, which are unequivocally
linked to the climate change crisis the planet is facing. The first step to taking effective action is to reduce your carbon footprint.
However being totally carbon neutral through personal lifestyles changes or changes to business practices may not at present
be achievable for the majority of us. What’s left over after implementing low carbon practices can be offset through a variety of
methods?
Using trees to offset carbon:
Tree planting has been shown to be a viable way to offset carbon emissions. However planting trees to offset carbon has been
the centre of some fierce debate over the years. Nonetheless through such constructive debate the consensus is that tree
planting is a valid tool to tackle climate change and one of only a few methods that actually remove existing CO 2 from the
atmosphere. Through quality research on carbon forestry we are now able to determine criteria that influence the success and
benefits achieved through tree planting. For example low latitude tropical forests sequester far more carbon than a northern
latitude temperate forest.
Taking Action as a Student or School
Plant a Tree Today (PATT) Foundation believes that children
represent the future of our planet and educating them on the
environment is therefore critical to building a better future for us
all. PATT Foundation Thailand aims to deliver environmental
education programmes that provide children with exciting and
interactive encounters which enhance their appreciation for, and
understanding of, their environment, so that they will be lifelong
stewards of the earth.
Get Outside and Make A Difference:
EcoKids Camp
A weeklong camp run during school holidays to educate children
on the environment in a fun and interactive way through various
activities including tree planting and recycling tours. DETAILS
Tree Planting Trip
Your class can plant trees at one of our reforestation sites. PATT will
provide all tools and instruction. This can be a half-day or full day
event. Overnight trips can also be arranged for our site in Khao Yai.
Longer trips will include additional environmental activities. Costs
vary according to length of trip and class size.
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