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Carbon Footprint

 

What is a carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint can be defined as the overall amount of greenhouse gases, which comprise of water vapour, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and ozone (usually in tonnes), being emitted by human activities into the atmosphere. This is also known as man-made climate change, or global warming.

There are many existing and evolving standards for calculating carbon footprints, but due to the complex interactions between contributing processes, especially those which include the influence on natural processes storing or releasing carbon dioxide, no footprint is precise.

The carbon footprint is a very powerful tool to understand the impact of personal behaviour on global warming.

 

Why should we care about the environment and carbon footprints?

How we live, eat, shop and travel impacts the size of our carbon footprints. Determining how heavy our carbon footprint is, and then looking for ways to reduce it is rapidly gaining popularity among people seeking to decrease their negative impact on the environment. The biggest source of pollution and carbon emission are the large industrial companies, therefore sustainable measures have to be taken into consideration. However, there are many ways that individuals can also take steps to reduce their carbon footprints as well. According to the Nature Conservancy, one quarter of the Earth's species will be headed for extinction in 40 years if climate change increases at its current rate. Do we want that? NO!

 

How to act?

The Sri Lanka Wilderness Foundation has chosen to support Eco Team's work on carbon reduction. A global carbon assessment is in process for the luxury Mahoora Tented Safari Camps.

You can support this carbon reduction effort by way of a donation.

We need to be aware that not only companies, but us as individuals have a heavy carbon footprint as well, yet we can work to help reduce it. Out of the 6-7 billion humans on earth - and since there is inequality in consumption - developed countries tend to pollute more. But developing countries are also following their futuristic models and are reaching a high level of 'industrial development'. This is supposed to improve human welfare and while we cannot blame anyone for making their lifestyles better, Earth will simply collapse due to over-pollution, if Humanity worldwide globalizes that model of consumption.

We have to rethink our global consumption levels if we want our future generations to continue having a safe place to live. Reducing our personal carbon footprint is a good place to start with. Let’s first calculate our own carbon footprint and then try to reduce it. Even when choosing a holiday spot, choose a place with the least carbon emitting levels. Pick a place that is eco-conscious and cares about preserving the planet as much as you do.

Change your everyday life by small acts: reduce your AC/heating, turn off your electronic devices and lights when you are leaving, recycle your waste, consume only what you need and stop using your car to travel only 500m. You can also act by participating in volunteer eco-friendly programmes to help Sri Lanka in its environmental willingness to become the 'Lung of Earth' in Tourism. This unique initiative 'Towards a Carbon-Free Sri Lanka: A Tourism Earth Lung' is for the good of everybody." said Renton de Alwis, the leader of the Sri Lanka Tourism Authority and former vice president of PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association).

 

Our steps to go carbon neutral

  1. 1. Calculate carbon footprint and carbon emission in all aspects of our operation.
  2. 2. Recycling of garbage.
  3. 3. Offset remaining emission by purchasing carbon offsets to mitigate our own tiny amount of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, electricity use, and other sources.

 

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