By emitting greenhouse gas emissions – such as carbon dioxide – into the atmosphere, human activities are changing the earth’s climate in an unprecedented manner. The total greenhouse gas emissions produced by the activity of an individual or organization is known as a “carbon footprint”. As individuals, our carbon footprints are made up of our food, transportation, and energy use habits. As organizations, corporations’ and institutions’ carbon footprints are caused by the processes relied on to provide the goods and services we need.
Because the greenhouse gases changing our climate are the collective sum of our carbon footprints, we all have to work to reduce our carbon emissions – both as individuals and organizations. We should do all we can to reduce our emissions at source – whether that means making smarter food and transportation decisions as individuals, or increasing the efficiency of our supply chains as corporations. But then we also need to take responsible action to address our unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions.
It is these unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions – from energy use in global supply chains and transportation systems to electricity generation in our cities and towns – which REDD+ is intended to address. Corporations, institutions, and individuals can address their unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions by paying to preserve standing forests and support the communities that guard them through REDD+.
At the project level, many corporations and individuals are already doing this through REDD+. At the program and policy level, mechanisms are developing to scale this activity to a national and institutional level.
Code REDD works with all stakeholders to help corporations, institutions, and individuals better understand their carbon footprint and the importance of reducing unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions through REDD+.