September is a big month, and the best is yet to come. Today, New York City kicks off their 8th edition of Climate Week NYC with opening ceremonies at The TimesCenter. The event will feature keynote speakers and panel discussions by climate leaders.
At the end of the week, one of Climate Week NYC’s Supporting Partners, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be celebrating their 1 year anniversary.
The SDGs however aren’t the only anniversary to be celebrated this week. In 2015, another great initiative came to life right around this time of year: Climate Neutral Now. This UN-led initiative that empowers individuals and companies to go carbon/climate neutral is a great example on how innovative ideas put into action will enable sustainable development.
“Climate Neutral Now features a new online platform which makes it easy for anyone to buy UN verified offsets, as well as contacts for businesses and organizations to get advice on how to go climate neutral.”
While healthy forests play an important role in reducing carbon from the atmosphere, additional direct action is required in order to make the necessary impact to maintain the health of our environment.
If individuals and companies come together to reduce their emissions, decrease their carbon footprint, we can see a positive shift in the story on climate change.
Measure: the online platform makes it simple for you to measure your carbon footprint by offering both a simplified and detailed calculation.
Reduce: In addition to the resources you will find on the Climate Neutral Now’s site, check out these tips in one of our previous blogs on How to Take Steps Towards Reducing Your Carbon Footprint.
Offset: this is where innovation comes to life. The team at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have located and partnered up with offsetting projects in developing nations. These projects must meet stringent standards in order to be certified for offsetting. What makes this step great is that investment from people around the world offsetting part of their carbon footprint affords these projects the capital to get up and running, making a true global impact.
At a time when financing is an obstacle on the course for SDGs success, the Climate Neutral Now online platform provides a viable and credible solution. So, in honor of the anniversaries we will be celebrating this week, take the Climate Neutral Now Pledge and help make our planet a cooler place.
How will you reduce your carbon footprint? Comment below or connect on social media!
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One Tree Planted has partnered with Guatemala-based organization New Roots to plant 15,000 trees this year!
What makes New Roots truly unique is the holistic way in which they weave together reforestation, education, and social impact to not only protect the environment but also provide financial opportunity for indigenous people.