Carbon Neutrality (an intermediate step to a climate solution)
Beyond Neutral® considers all efforts to address climate change as worthwhile steps on the path to minimising global warming’s impacts.
Reducing your emissions or becoming carbon “neutral” are both positive steps which result from a conscious decision to deal with the threat posed by greenhouse gas emissions.
- Beyond Neutral® has the expertise to help you along that pathway in an effective and efficient manner.
Unfortunately, given the science and the accelerating impacts that are being observed, questions beyond “what does it mean?” need to be asked of carbon neutrality:
- While it is worthwhile, does it really enable claims to be made of being part of the solution to climate change?
- Is it enough (even if we all were carbon neutral) to avoid climate disruption, especially in light of the evidence that we are already outside the “safe” CO2-e level for a stable climate?
Go Beyond Being a “Polluter” or a “Bystander”
We all exist somewhere on the emitter scale from:
“Polluter” → “Bystander” → “Beyond Carbon Neutral/ Carbon Negative/ Solution Seeker, etc”.
Carbon neutrality effectively creates a bystander effect as climate change reverberates across the globe. It could be seen as implying being no more of an active part of the global warming solution than that of not being one of “the Polluters” (i.e. “dont blame me for global warming, I’m neutral”).
Once we move past the zero emission point, we become active participants in seeking a solution to one of the major threats to what we hold dear as individuals, communities and the planet.
Combining the desire to be an active part of the globlal warming solution with a focus on achieving a sustainability dividend means we can drive the achievement of mitigation, adaptation and sustainability outcomes through our response and that of others.
Using the concept of effect multiplier, the individual response alone creates conditions that improve the result’s quality and effectiveness – added to all the other individual responses, the results will “punch above their weight” in terms of the nexus between greenhouse and achieving sustainability. A gestalt result is possible where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.