On April 15th people from all over the UK traveled to London.
The reason? A call to action from Extinction Rebellion, the global movement taking on climate change and biodiversity loss.
Now, two weeks later, the action has drawn to a close.
Extinction Rebellion is enjoying a remarkable level of support – including from the business community. Last week, companies including The Ecotricity Group, Unilever, Pukka and Triodos Bank UK published a letter in the Times pointing out that the economic impact of climate change will be “many orders of magnitude greater” than that of the Extinction Rebellion protest.
CBI, who are the UK’s largest employers’ body and represent over 190,000 businesses, also responded, stating “from school strikes to Extinction Rebellion, the protests have raised absolutely the right questions – ones which business is committed to answering”.
This commitment extends into the financial sector, where a report published last week by coalition ‘the Network for Greening the Financial System’, comprising 34 central banks and supervisors, recommends concrete actions to drive the transition to a low carbon economy. Writing in The Guardian, coalition members including Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, explained; “as financial policymakers and prudential supervisors, we cannot ignore the obvious risks before our eyes”.
This reminds us that climate action, and action on sustainability more broadly, is both urgently needed and a mainstream consumer demand. The integration of this demand into business models and government strategy is now becoming a baseline expectation.
At ClimateCare, we are seeing a growing understanding of this expectation across the private sector. Our clients are increasingly looking for ways to take real, immediate, and comprehensive action on their climate responsibilities and on behalf of their consumers.
To act effectively, businesses and organisations need to take deep, rapid action to reduce the carbon footprint of their operations. However, alone, this is not enough; climate science tells us that we need to reduce emissions on an immediate timescale and rapidly reach net zero. We will need every tool in the box to get there.
One of those tools is carbon offsetting. Alongside reducing their carbon footprint, offsetting residual emissions is an important way for organisations to take full responsibility for their impact on the climate At ClimateCare, we work with organisations to turn that responsibility into positive outcomes through carbon offset projects which deliver additional, verified emissions reductions – and which also improve quality of life in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.
Using this ‘Climate+Care’ approach, we’ve already cut 33 million tonnes of CO2, and improved 34 million lives worldwide. Now, we’re aiming to scale up our impact and meet an ambitious new goal to cut 50 million tonnes of CO2 and improve 50 million lives by 2025.
Extinction Rebellion reminded us that there is no time to waste and we need to reach Net Zero much quicker.
Let’s go further, faster, together. Contact our team to find out how a climate neutral or offset programme can help you take full responsibility for your climate impacts now, and deliver positive outcomes for people, the environment, and your business.