Last month it was revealed that a diverse group of stakeholders with political ties that cover the entire spectrum from left to right have been holding secret meetings about climate change with the support of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank based in Washington D.C.
Climate change is an unavoidably, politically charged issue. These meetings are an attempt to discover ways to approach global warming in a politically viable manner. The July 2012 meeting was the fifth of such meetings, which are held secretly and speakers not revealed in order to facilitate true brainstorming, an open discussion where all sides could offer solutions without fear of reprisal.
The agenda for the most recent meeting, which was leaked online, was titled, “Price Carbon Campaign / Lame Duck Initiative: A Carbon Pollution Tax in Fiscal and Tax Reform”. However, participants claim putting a price on carbon emissions was not the only item of discussion, and neither was focus limited to the short-term.
Proponents of a carbon tax put it forward as a less complex method to begin pricing carbon emissions than cap-and-trade. Legislation for cap-and-trade collapsed in 2010 in the nation’s capital and preceded these meetings.
At the moment tax increases, carbon or otherwise, are unlikely to get off the ground, but the long-term view is that taxing CO2 could win support over taxing income. Furthermore, there is potential to use a carbon tax to tackle both global warming and the deficit.
So the question as to whether we can deal with climate change in a politically viable manner is still unanswered, but the future is looking brighter with the news that open discussions are occurring among bipartisan groups.
Carbonfund.org seeks to partner with businesses that subscribe to the same mission of solving the climate crisis. The goal of achieving a clean energy future is more complex than simply meeting carbon emission reductions targets. Any solution needs to be sustainable, and sustainability is one of the cornerstones of Carbonfree® business partner TCX Investment Management Company.
The global TCX Fund provides protection and risk control against currency devaluation in frontier market currencies for major development finance institutions to microfinance institutions and other institutions investing in the communities of many emerging market countries, such as Cambodia, Kenya, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Peru, and Vietnam. This translates into providing a mechanism to absorb the risk of extreme currency value fluctuations so these institutions can assist local businesses with the startup funding they need. TCX is able to make real contributions to sustainable development and to improving the living standards in communities in some of theleast developed countries on our planet.
TCX maintains a Sustainability Policy requiring that the businesses they assist also meet environmental sustainability goals.A key tenet of the TCX policy maintains that any projects receiving funding should pursue development for the needs of the present population without impairing the ability of future generations to meet community needs. All projects are expected to include pollution prevention and abatement, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable natural resources management.
Carbonfund.org and TCX have partnered to help TCX reach its own operational emission reduction goals. In the past three years, TCX Investment Management has neutralized a total of almost 460 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions created by its annual operations – the equivalent of removing 82 passenger vehicles from the road for a year – in part by supporting Carbonfund.org’s renewable energy projects."We chose Carbonfund.org because of their verified programs, pricing and easy-to-use customer friendly services," confirms Bill Piccolo, Operations Manager for TCX.
TCX’s operational emissions neutralization program supports Carbonfund.org’s renewable energy projects, and in doing so, enhances air quality and promotes new technology development that will continue to reduce carbon emissions and hasten the transition to a cleaner energy future. Carbonfund.org looks forward a continued partnership with TCX in pursuingthe paired goals of sustainable development and environmental stewardship.
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As part of Carbonfund.org’s mission toward a ZeroCarbonTM world, our programs make it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce and offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future. This focus on simplicity and affordability made it a natural to expand our partnership with CarbonFree® Business Partner Propel Fuels to create an at-the-gas-pump CarbonOffset program supporting clean air technology.
Last May, Carbonfund.org partnered with Propel Fuels, a retailer of renewable fuels that began offering consumers the ability to offset their driving emissions at the Clean Mobility Center in Fullerton, California any time they fill their gas tank. Customers may select the CarbonOffset option at the pump, and the funds will go towards Carbonfund.org’s clean air projects that spur technology developments to reduce carbon emissions.
Since CarbonOffset was launched in May, customers have chosen to contribute $1.00 per fill to fully offset the emissions from their fuel purchase more than 1,000 times. The two-month pilot has offset more than 160,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions at this single station, which is equivalent to taking 84 cars off the road in the same two-month time period. CarbonOffset contributions from the program’s first year of operation will help support Carbonfund.org’s Truck Stop Electrification project, which improves air quality around truck stops and surrounding communities and offers drivers, employees and residents a cleaner and quieter environment with fewer harmful air pollutants.
"The early success of Propel's CarbonOffset program is strong evidence that consumers are ready and willing to support clean energy, especially if the cost and benefits are clear," said Eric Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org. "Thanks to Propel, thousands of drivers can vote with their dollars to support clean energy and domestic, renewable fuels."
If the CarbonOffset program continues at its current rate of participation, the program has the potential to offset more than 5 million pounds of carbon emissions over the next five years at this station alone, making a measurable contribution to emission reductions and a cleaner environment. Carbonfund.org is proud to partner in this ground-breaking program and to facilitate a simple and cost-effective method for vehicle emissions offsetting through supporting clean air technology.
Part of Carbonfund.org’s mission is to emphasize the need to “reduce what you can” when it comes to carbon emissions, and we strive to present our supporters and business partners with methods and new technologies that can help reduce daily operational emissions. Carbonfund.org partner ePlusGreen provides one such option, a simple energy-saving program for daily computing needs.
The ePlusGreen PC Power Management system includes both social and environmental benefits and is designed to provide individuals and businesses with technology that reduces carbon emissions from daily computer use, saves energy costs and at same time supports Carbonfund.org’s carbon reduction projects. ePlusGreen’s Power Management software can reduce the carbon footprint of a PC by enabling users to cut power consumption by as much as 30%.
The PC Power Management technology monitors your personal or business computer power consumption and identifies power savings opportunities. Then the technology automatically implements daily power saving measures that result in reducing energy usage, reducing carbon emissions and saving energy costs. The software will also turn off your computer if you ever forget. For businesses, the technology also manages the power consumption for printers and calculates paper usage.
Learn more about how you can reduce daily computing emissions and power consumption with ePlusGreen’s PC power management technology.
With daily computer usage the norm, it is important to consider the multiplier effect of millions of PCs in use around the world, and to do your part in conserving energy usage wherever possible. Carbonfund.org encourages our individual and business partners to constantly be on the lookout for new ways to reduce emissions in every aspect of daily life.
Pair ePlusGreen's PC Power Management technology with www.envirosearch.org as your preferred search engine, and you'll be reducing carbon emissions while helping us plant trees. Every step you take to decrease your carbon footprint is a step forward towards a clean energy future.
More than a couple of our past blog posts have covered how increasingly extreme weather is the product of climate change. However, have you stopped to ask yourself what that really means? How will climate change affect us and future generations? What things that we currently enjoy will be unavailable to our children?
A recent article covers some things that global warming is likely to ruin for our kids; things such as coffee, chocolate, strawberries. And the list isn’t limited to agricultural food items. Say goodbye to blazing fast Wi-Fi. Also your favorite vacation spot or even your home may be underwater in a few, short decades time. The country you live in may disappear. The article has some shocking images of Greenland melting away.
So what’s it going to take to help preserve the Earth as we know it? Global carbon emissions need to be reduced 80% by 2050. The U.S. has already pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by approximately 17%. Eventually legislation will be enacted increasing the goal to a 30% reduction in 2025 and a 42% reduction in 2030, with the ultimate goal of reducing emissions 83% by 2050.
Do your part in reducing carbon emissions and getting us closer to meeting the goals outlined above. Start by switching your Internet browser to www.envirosearch.org. Your regular, daily Internet search activities will begin contributing to renewable energy, reforestation, and energy efficiency projects. Then go to www.carbonfund.org for ideas on how to reduce your carbon footprint and offset carbon emissions. By working together, and each doing our part, we can change the fate of the planet.
A recently published study out of the University of Michigan examined Generation X’s views on climate change and found them to be largely unconcerned with the issue.
The Longitudinal Study of American Youth (LSAY) releases a quarterly research report and has followed the same 4,000 people for 25 years. Originally, in 1987, 5,900 students were selected from a national sample of 7th and 10th graders in 50 U.S. public school systems.
Generation X now comprises 32-52 year olds who are the most well-educated and scientifically savvy generation in U.S. history. However, the LSAY shows dwindling interest in climate change as it is a complex and long-term issue. The study compared responses from 2009 and 2011 and found that a scant two percent of those aged 37 to 40 follow climate change "very closely". This was a 50 percent drop from 2009 results. Over half said they follow climate change "not closely." More than 40 percent say they have only a "moderate concern" about global warming.
The most disturbing part of the report points to a disregard for future generations. Most do not see climate change as an immediate problem that requires their attention to address. A large percentage, 66 percent, said they aren’t sure that global warming is happening. About 10 percent even outright deny global warming is actually happening.
Why is Generation X disengaged, disinterested, or even openly disbelieving regarding climate change? The answer is as multifaceted as global warming itself. Disinterest in climate change is surely due in part to a massive and unprecedented disinformation campaign by oil and gas interests and conservative media outlets spanning more than a decade, even as the overwhelming scientific record points squarely to climate change. Some experts theorize issue fatigue may be the cause when a problem is long-standing. Others point to the complexity in understanding the underlying causes and potential solutions for climate change as a barrier to engagement with the issue. Still another potential answer is the distraction by other timely public policy issues. For example, interest in the economy experienced an upsurge following the Great Recession that began in 2008 to the detriment of environmental issues.
Whatever the reason, there is something every person in all generations can do to help save our planet. One easy and fast way to protect the environment is to switch your Internet browser to www.envirosearch.org. You'll be contributing to renewable energy, reforestation, and energy efficiency projects through you regular, daily Internet search activities. Another simple step is to use an emissions calculator to determine your personal contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Then reduce your carbon footprint, plant a tree, or offset your carbon emissions.
Download and read the entire study here http://lsay.org/GenX-4.pdf.
An important aspect in the development of renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency strategies, and environmental reclamation projects is the sharing of ideas and leveraging of successes for the benefit of the broader environment. Carbonfund.org’s motto of “Reduce What You Can, Offset What You Can’t”™ emphasizes the need for our business partners and individual donors to first seek methods to reduce energy consumption, lower operational emissions and implement sustainable business practices. Often, this requires leveraging the strategies and methodologies that have proven to be successful for other organizations.
Most environmentally-conscious organizations foster an environment of sharing systems and expertise that will benefit other businesses and communities. Carbonfund.org partner Cherokee Investment Partners is a good example of an organization actively leading the effort to identify start-up green tech enterprises and innovative concepts, and to help mentor and fund these fledgling businesses through its Cherokee Challenge program.
The Cherokee Challenge is a “greentech accelerator” through which the team at Cherokee solicits applicants with the potential to become high impact environmental ventures, and then helps to fund and mentor these ventures. This year’s “inaugural class” of three start-up ventures was announced last Thursday.
“The quality of the applications we received was encouraging,” said the Challenge’s JT Vaughn, “We appreciate not only the effort made by all the startups that applied, but the high impact ideas they’re advancing. In an ideal world, all business models would be environmentally net positive, not just less bad. We don’t live in that world now, but we are thrilled to be working with an inspiring group of entrepreneurs who share our business and environmental ideals.”
The three North Carolina startups to receive funding are LYF Shoes and JouleBug of Raleigh and Sanitation Creations of Carrboro.The three ventures will each receive capital investment seed funding, office space and back office support at Cherokee’s Raleigh, NC offices, and mentoring from an advisory committee of experienced investors and entrepreneurs assembled by Cherokee.
As a Carbonfund.org partner, Cherokee has done its part to lead the way towards energy independence, by monitoring its own annual operational emissions, working to reduce those emissions, and taking steps to achieve carbon neutrality by investing in Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated renewable energy projects.
Cherokee has invested in more than 70 companies, ranging from clean tech, energy efficiency, software and healthcare. And Cherokee Funds has raised over $2 billion of private equity capital focused on remediating brownfields, and has restored more than 550 brownfield parcels around the world. In addition, Cherokee Gives Back, the philanthropic arm of Cherokee Investment Partners, focuses on activities thatadvance global improvements to poverty and focus on environmental sustainability.
We commend the team at Cherokee Investment Partners for creating this unique opportunity to support the innovations of the selected environmental entrepreneurs, and to help fight climate change and lead the transition to a stronger and more sustainable future.
Envirosearch.org Re-Launch: Bing-based Search Engine Supporting International Tree-Planting InitiativeWritten by Linda
It’s often said that the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. This certainly is true when it comes to actions to preserve our environment and fight the negative impacts of climate change. Each of us doing what we can - on our own - will make a difference, but large community actions, organized sustainability efforts, and spreading the words and deeds through social media and our collective networks will bring about the greatest degree of positive environmental change and fastest transition to a cleaner energy future.
To this end, the Carbonfund.org Foundation is proud to announce the re-launch of a new and improved envirosearch.org, a free, Bing-powered search engine that enables anyone to help protect the environment simply through their everyday web searches. Envirosearch.org supports international conservation projects like reforestation efforts and wildlife preservation, and is currently supporting tree-planting programs in Haiti, India and the United States
“Envirosearch.org proves once again that protecting our environment and doing the things we enjoy and need to do can go hand in hand,” said Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. “If there is just one simple thing everyone can do today to help our environment, making the switch to envirosearch.org is it.”
It’s easy to make the switch – make www.envirosearch.org your new home page, or add envirosearch.org as your preferred search engine, and Like it on Facebook and we will plant five trees, up to 500,000 trees.
Let’s go viral: Tell your family and friends about envirosearch.org, post it to your Facebook wall, tweet about it. If you’re part of a larger community – at your workplace, in your town, as a member in an environmental organization, through your volunteer work or community service – spread the word there too. Our collective actions will bring about the global environmental improvements critical to reversing the negative effects of climate change and help us move toward a ZeroCarbon™ world.
Deforestation is a critical global issue, accounting for about twenty percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally as well as the destruction of habitats, soil erosion, loss of economic opportunities, and degradation of water quality. Envirosearch.org is one simple, free action anyone can take today to help mitigate the effects of climate change.