Info on Carbon Offsetting
Carbon offsetting is a strategy that individuals and companies can use to offset the carbon they generate through their lifestyles or projects. They do this by purchasing carbon credits.
A carbon credit is a means of offsetting carbon emitted by purchasing carbon credits - a provider can offset carbon by planting trees, running renewable energy projects or backing reforesting projects that capture CO2.
Carbon credits are typically one metric ton, and like anything, the quality of carbon credit can vary. By choosing to offset with Rainforest 4 - you are supporting the preservation of old-growth rainforest and all of the bio-diversity that comes with that.
Why should we offset?
I decided to offset my project after seeing a few artists in my world do the same.
When creating, I often think about how I can minimise my impact on the environment, however sometimes inevitable (and really exciting) things pop up: travel, professional recording, merch etc.
By offsetting, and educating people we can actively be the change we want to see in the world, and hopefully inspire others to do the same. Let's inspire change from a community level and lead by example - power to the people!
The goal of course is to create and live as sustainably as possible, but in the interim, offsetting provides a means to create art, consider the environment, and inspire meaningful change.
How to offset?
This is the tricky part. Calculating carbon isn’t an exact science, and there are so many variables that come into play when doing calculations.
For example – you may have purchased a new guitar that you played on an upcoming single.
It is very difficult to know the distance it travelled prior to getting to the store (or person) you purchased it from - also where does the offset process start and end - when you purchased the guitar, or prior to that?
How much carbon was emitted through its construction, materials, shipping, storage, sale? It can be a little mind boggling - so rule #1 - be kind with yourself throughout this process.