First impressions

There is no question that ouryouthful notion of climate stability is changing. Newspaper headlines from Australia, Canada, the United States, Russia, and worldwide show an increase intemperatures, often spiking to new highs, enormous forest fires, persistentdroughts, and record floods. All these events attest to the accuracy ofscientific forecasts that temperatures will rise and the variance intemperatures and rainfall will increase. So what is to be done?

It is well known that greenhousegas (GHG) emissions are the causal-link affecting global warming. But while imposingregulatory burdens on industry and commerce to reduce GHG emissions may seemlike the solution to slow and halt global warming, the responsibility foraction weighs on the micro-decisions made by consumers who every day buy the productsand services that embody GHG emissions. While the impact of seemingly trivialactions to reduce a person’s GHG footprint may seem insignificant, collectiveaction results in accumulated GHG reductions and an ethic that spawns a zeitgeistand pattern of behavior that can stimulate further sustainability-oriented activities.But besides buying products that embody fewer GHG emissions, how can weindividually offset our own daily increase in GHG emissions?

“User engagement and experience has become a major focus for any web-based service in recent years”

One set of answers can be found on the Changeblock environmental asset trading platform. This platform provides access to many climate positive actions, including, but are not limited to:

–       Buying GHG credits from the United Nations certified credits.

–       Buying GHG credits from one of several voluntary carbon registries.

–       Buying a slice of a portfolio of GHG mitigation projects.

–       Buying an ‘eco-crypto’ token to offset your emissions.

–       Investing in a project that produces GHG emission credits.

Each instrument carries specificcosts and environmental GHG emission benefits. While buying GHG credits willdirectly compensate for emissions associated with day-by-day activities, someoffsets have characteristics that might appeal more or less to the consumer.For example, many people might find that a project associated with enhancedenergy efficient hospitals in developing countries has more secondary benefitsthan reducing methane emissions from a gas compressor in Siberia. Another personmight know that methane emissions have a very significant short-term benefit anda long tail of smaller, yet significant, environmental benefits. GHG reductionsassociated with steelmaking might not satisfy the need for a sympathy-evokingposter, coke-oven emission decreases can simultaneously result in the declinesof particulate matter, NOx, SOx, and even air toxins, thus providing localhealth benefits too. The question for each firm and eco-warrior is: what climatepositive action makes sense to you?

To that end, Changeblock provides accessto GHG-credit background documents to show where, how, and what impacts mightaccrue from GHG-positive interventions. With the ease of a click, backgrounddocuments can be retrieved that describe the credit’s provenance. Or, if simplicityis preferred, users can quickly choose standardized, certified credits whoseimpacts are the same wherever they were created and independent of how theywere created.

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