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The Carbon Footprint of a product is the total amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases emitted as part of a product's manufacture, distribution, use and disposal. Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are so called because they trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere and keep the planet warm.
The main Greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide. Since the industrial revolution, human activity has released exponentially rising amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, through deforestation and burning fossil fuels. Mankind’s exponentially increasing population, coupled with these activities, has resulted in dramatic and rapid changes to our environment, and dramatic and rapid changes to our atmosphere, climate, environment and all life forms within it.
Similarly, the hole in the ozone layer demonstrated that humans are capable of creating change on a global atmospheric scale. Humans have suffered the health consequences of increased radiation from the sun, particularly in the southern hemisphere, but an international effort has been successful in changing the use of CFCs, the gases that caused the problem. Climate change is the same sort of problem that could be solved in the same way, but is on a far greater scale.
Earth's Climate is Changing
As a result of the increased greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, the earth’s climate is changing. Whilst it was originally called global warming, weather science (which is amongst the most complicated science in the world) has progressed and has shown us that increased GHG emissions creates a greater state of “entropy” – or particle chaos – which results in greater variation in weather: Hot places get hotter, wet places get wetter but overriding all of this is the rate of change of climate is increased. This is where Climate Change comes from – it’s about the climate changing, not just getting warmer.
This has many implications for earth and will be an inconvenience to humans. But the fact that ecosystems struggle to adapt to fast change is perhaps the biggest struggle. With up to 50 species becoming extinct each day, some scientists estimate that up to half of presently existing species may become extinct by 2100. A 2003 review across 14 biodiversity research centres predicted that, because of climate change, 15–37% of all land species on earth would be "committed to extinction" by 2050.
“Climate change is the definition of a global threat. A failure to act in time will affect us all. This is the pre-eminent challenge in global governance. If we cannot deal collectively with such a threat to our very existence as a species on this planet, we are lost.”
Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, September 2010
There is no debate about climate change in the scientific community. The scientific consensus is that global warming is occurring and was initiated by human activities; this finding is recognized by the national science academies of all the major industrialized countries and is not rejected by any scientific body of national or international standing.
We need change.
Worldwide, burning fossil fuels to supply our energy needs contributes to 74% of manmade greenhouse gas emissions. A big part of climate change comes down to an energy problem.
It is imperative that something as fundamental to our way of life is reliable and non-polluting. And that’s why a renewable future is so important – it will mean an energy supply that is local, natural and available for future generations.
According to a May 2011 study by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global potential for renewable energy is substantially higher than the current and future projected global demand for energy. In other words, we can develop enough renewable sources to meet most – if not all – of the world’s energy needs.
Also in May 2011, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that CO2 emissions in 2010 reached a record 30.6 billion metric tons, which is a 5% increase over the previous record of 29.3 billion metric tons in 2008.
Quite simply, it’s imperative that the world reduce its CO2 emissions. We have the means to do so, yet we’re moving in absolutely the wrong direction. (Global Consumer Wind Study 2011)
What we've done about it
Rapanui reduced its net carbon emissions by over 80% in 18 months through low impact farming, a no air-freight policy and using factories powered by solar and wind power. Within our own market we’re working hard to offer people a low carbon alternative to clothing, to demonstrate to our competitors that significant carbon reductions are possible and make economic sense, and to influence our customers to consider expanding their demand for low carbon products and services in other areas of their lives.
Rapanui supports the use of Clean, green energy in your home and business and recommends Rapanui’s Renewable Electricity supply partner, Good Energy.
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