It is a well-known fact that climate change is one of the biggest problems facing our planet today – we are all responsible for it and because of this we must all be part of the solution.
For centuries, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in our atmosphere have dramatically increased due to burning of fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas. This has resulted in the air and ocean warming, rising sea levels and a change in weather patterns. However, according to scientists, risks of climate change can be significantly reduced if warming is limited to below 2 degrees Celsius.
But is the 2 degrees Celsius limit really possible to achieve? Yes it is. Each of us has a carbon footprint and offsetting projects can help to slow down the impact of climate change. Each of us has a carbon footprint which in turn affects the climate. We all must challenge ourselves, try and think differently and look at simple ways we can reduce our impact on the environment, for example the ways in which we travel. So if you choose to fly, you can offset your carbon.
What exactly is Carbon Offsetting?
Carbon offsetting is a recognised approach where individuals and companies take responsibility and compensate for their carbon emissions through various offsetting projects and activities for example tree planting.
To encourage individuals to reduce what they can and offset the rest, Bott and Co has partnered with Climate Stewards, an organisation that funds carbon mitigation projects by educating people about living a more sustainable greener lifestyle. The partnership will see Bott and Co pay to offset the carbon of accepted claims made through their flight delay calculator in the month of June 2017.
To kick-start this long-term partnership we’ve offered to pay the offsetting costs for all accepted claims submitted in June. Climate change is one of the greatest risks we face.
Paul Hinchliffe, Managing Director at Bott and Co, said: “At Bott and Co we are committed to help combat climate change. We are extremely proud to partner with Climate Stewards and to assist our clients in reducing their impact on the environment when they submit a claim through our flight delay calculator.
To kick-start this long-term partnership we’ve offered to pay the offsetting costs for all accepted claims submitted in June. Climate change is one of the greatest risks we face. When it comes to the environment, we recognise that some level of CO2 emissions is inevitable and we believe that supporting carbon offsetting initiatives is a crucial step towards a low-carbon economy.”
Simply put, when you offset a tonne of carbon for example, what this means is there will be one less tonne of CO2 in the atmosphere than there would otherwise have been.
Caroline Pomeroy, Director of Climate Stewards said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Bott and Co, leaders in flight delay compensation claims. Your very generous donation will enable us to support more communities around the world which are feeling the effects of climate change.
The partnership coincides with huge milestones for both organisations. This month Bott and Co celebrates their 100,000th settled passenger claim and this year, Climate Stewards celebrate ten years since they started planting their first trees.
A return flight from Heathrow to Malaga costs just over £10 to offset.
Climate Stewards make it very easy to offset individual carbon emissions through their calculator which works out a suggested donation based on your carbon footprint per flight or overall personal carbon footprint and costs less than you might think – for example a return flight from Heathrow to Malaga (which is responsible for about half a tonne of CO2) costs just over £10 to offset.
“This year, we plan to expand our work to include new carbon-saving technologies, including biosand water filters. These reduce the need to boil water in order to purify it, thus cutting pressure on forests and carbon emissions. It’s another great example of how simple technologies can save people money and save the planet at the same time,” said Ms Pomeroy.
Take a look at how you can make your flight ‘carbon neutral’ and the sort of impact you could create for local communities and the environment if you offset with Climate Stewards using their calculator.
By living sustainably we can find lasting solutions to reduce our emissions, and voluntary offsetting reminds us that when it comes to climate change we all have a role to play.