When we talk about fighting climate change a lot of emphasis is put on lowering emissions and rightly so - this is of course critical. But the fact remains, without simultaneously removing the dangerously high levels of carbon that already exist in our atmosphere, we won’t reach the targets necessary to mitigate the effects of climate change.
This is where Carbon180 comes in. They’re a new breed of NGO working together with policymakers, scientists, farmers and businesses to initiate ambitious carbon removal projects. By exploring innovative carbon removal technologies, by fostering a new generation of ‘entrepreneurs’ in the sector through their fellowship scheme, and by working closely with farmers to increase our soil’s natural carbon capturing potential, they are striding towards a carbon-negative planet.
Why we think they’re great
We love that Carbon180 are completely rethinking carbon by exploring the economic opportunity of carbon tech. Yes, too much carbon is a bad thing. But can waste-carbon be used for good? The organisation is currently looking at how waste CO2 can be used to make building materials in an environmentally beneficial way and that’s pretty exciting.
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💨 Carbon Reduction
If we want to sustain life on this planet we need to cut our carbon emissions, while also dealing with the excess of carbon in our atmosphere already wreaking havoc on our climate. Science is leading the way in this field and there are some exciting innovations.
🐋 Marine Conservation
The ocean is a total powerhouse when it comes to regulating the Earth’s climate, yet human actions have wreaked havoc on marine ecosystems. In order to rebalance our planet, we must protect our oceans and revolutionise the way we fish, the world over.
🌲 Forest Conservation
Forests are home to 80% of terrestrial biodiversity and store vast quantities of carbon, but 75,000 acres are being destroyed every day by logging, poaching and agriculture.
🌞 Climate Resilience
Poverty and climate change are cruelly interlinked and this is especially true when you look at access to clean energy and water. Projects that champion clean energy solutions and which work to create climate-resilient communities are an integral part of the fight to save our planet.
🥕 Food & Agriculture
Food, agriculture and the climate crisis are inextricably linked. Fortunately there are sustainable food organisations and forward thinking farmers out there fighting for positive change. These are the people we need to get behind.
📚 Education & Advocacy
Don’t underestimate the power of a well informed public - this puts pressure on governments and businesses, and that drives change. These organisations are enabling systemic change among the mainstream by educating and challenging the status quo.
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