Why would I live climate neutral?

The climate crisis caused by the massive emission of greenhouse gases from humans is taking its unbraced course. We are getting closer to the so-called climate tipping points, e.g. the melting of the polar caps or the thawing of the permafrost floors - the scientific evidence for this is very clear.

In order to combat this climate crisis and the consequent human-induced climate change, the world’s leading climate scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommend, that before climate change gets fully out of control, a limitation of global warming to 1.5°C needs to be targetted.

It is the same target that the international community fixed in the Climate Change Agreement of Paris in 2015. Unfortunately, the implementation of this objective still awaits us – it is important for each and every one of us to proceed as a good example on the way to a more climate-friendly and climate neutral future.

And that's exactly what we're trying to facilitate at GoClimateAction. It makes us hopeful that many of us are not only have a strong awareness of the climate crisis, but are becoming active, e.g. by changing travel behavior (also beyond the necessary Corona-related measures) or a meat-poor or meatless diet.

The bad news is, however, that these measures will not be enough to put an end to the climate crisis. At GoClimateAction we want to help you make an even more effective contribution to achieving the 1.5°C target.

What is necessary to reach the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement?

Time is scarce - we are the last generation to stop the climate crisis. The absolute amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is crucial for global global warming. Each ton counts. The IPCC in its special report from 2019 assumes that humanity as of 2020 as a whole still has approximately 420 gigatons of CO2-equivalents to emit to limit global warming to 1,5 C degrees (in 2019, globally around 40 Gt CO2e were emitted).

Global emission budget by 2050, time is pressing (Source: German Zero 2021 according to IPCC)

That means that we have only this decade left at the current level of emissions to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, we shall not emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere at all anymore at the latest in 2050 to be in line with our remaining carbon budget. There is only one chance: climate neutral now!

What does climate neutral mean?

Each of us has a greenhouse gas footprint. Every hour, every day, every year. Climate neutral means in short, reducing your personal greenhouse gas balance to net zero. This is the only way that our remaining CO2-budget will suffice. More about this here.

To achieve this by 2050 at the latest, the IPCC's 2019 plan provides for two measures:

  • we have to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases massively (from approx. 40 Gt in 2019 to under 10 Gt CO2e in 2050), and
  • we need to find ways to neutralize all the greenhouse gases that are not further avoidable at this time through technical measures (e.g. technical carbon capture & storage) or natural solutions (e.g. planting trees, protecting forests, switching to sustainable agriculture) from the atmosphere.

Both reduction and compensation measures are urgently needed. With the highest probability, we will not manage our carbon footprint despite all efforts by 2050 in a way that we can avoid emissions in all sectors of life and industry. Hence, we need to offset and remove the remaining emissions from the atmosphere. 

What can I do to achieve the 1.5 C target?

You can help yourself, your family, your friends and all other people globally by doing what the entire world population needs to do by 2050: live climate neutral! And it is today. If we do not take action today, we will no longer have a chance to stop the climate crisis. GoClimateAction is aimed at all of us as private individuals. Without the commitment of each individual to fight the climate crisis, the mission “Combating Climate Change” will fail. 

First, reduce your emissions wherever possible. It is often easier than you think to reduce your own carbon footprint. A first small step for you could be to reduce (or completely discontinue) your meat consumption and to pay attention to regional value chains when it comes to meat purchase. Another personal goal would be to question your mobility behavior and from now on more often take the bike for short distances instead of driving by car. There are countless small and feasible ways to reduce your emissions. Find more climate action tips here

Live climate neutral

After your personal carbon reduction efforts, your second step ist to live a fully climate neutral life by transparently offsetting those emissions that are no longer avoidable.

Of course, the carbon offset is always just the second best solution - it would be better to avoid all greenhouse gases from the outset. But it is fact that our western lifestyle is currently not allowing for a climate neutral life alone through our personal efforts to avoid emissions. This can only be achieved by compensating for your no longer avoidable emissions with certified international climate protection projects. Learn here how you can do this.

Why me and not the others?

Why shall it be me who is going ahead as a good example and starts living climate neutral? This is exactly what many of us are asking.

The average global footprint is 4.9 tons per person and year. In our western societies, we have footprint that is approx. 2 x higher than the global average emissions per capita.

At the same time, however, we have a much greater potential for emission reductions due to our level of prosperity and we have also the purchasing power to develop climate friendly technologies and product alternatives through our individual purchase decisions.

The monthly cost to offset our carbon footprint is 14 Euros. For many of us, it is possible to make this monthly contribution to protect our planet sustainably. So please get active - for your children and for all of us.

GoClimateAction - time is running out!