Sustainability After COVID19

By Shannon Mora

The key to keeping hope alive is to view arduous circumstances through a lens of positivity. COVID-19 has certainly caused a lot of pain, frustration, anxiety, and sadness. However, during this crisis we have also seen inspiring evidence of compassion, communities unifying to serve the vulnerable, families connecting more than ever, creativity blossoming, and much more. The source of these humanitarian acts and uplifting behaviors is a global shift in priorities. The Earth is also giving us a sign that a shift in priorities is necessary and is working! Due to the shelter in place policies put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, daily global emissions have decreased by 17% as compared with data from 2019.

Eventually, the health impacts of the virus will subside and daily activities will transition to a new normal. People will be allowed to visit their neighbors, travel to their favorite places, eat out at their favorite restaurants, and resume duly missed activities. During this transition, there will be temptation to return to old habits. You may be in a rush to break free and take your car for a long drive, buy some craved luxury goods, or take a flight for that vacation you have been putting off. How can we enjoy the freedom of a post-quarantine world and continue to maintain the positive environmental effects that resulted from decreased CO2 emissions?

The answer is to continue to keep the health of our planet a priority the same way we have kept our families, our friends, and our first responders’ health a priority. Simply selecting brands that share your values for the environment, who take careful consideration in their materials, and honor their emission-reducing targets will have a large impact! Consumer support of sustainable brands pushes a public trend that influences competitors to join the climate action effort. Carbon Credit Capital works with several service providers who have performed assessments of their supply chain to identify emission-intensive hot spots. Their efforts to improve practices in these areas lower the overall emission output from producing their product. The cherry on top is that they utilize carbon offsets to cancel out the emissions they are unable to avoid. By following our Instagram page @carboncreditcapital, you can learn more about these companies and purchase their products.

Like these sustainable companies, you can make sound environmental choices and still face emissions you simply can’t avoid. You will need to drive certain places, take flights, and ship packages. The good news is, as an individual you can also utilize offsets to mitigate the emissions of your travel and day-to-day activities. Carbon Credit Capital has recently partnered with The Inner Mongolia Keyihe carbon offset project. Prior to this project’s implementation, the existing coniferous forest suffered annual logging activity, decreasing biodiversity amongst the vegetation and wildlife in the area. The Keyihe Project’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by collaborating with the Keyihe Forestry Bureau to cease deforestation has resulted in an occupational shift in the region from logging to jobs related to forest restoration and preservation. Since its implementation in 2013, 200 jobs have been added in this industry every year of operation. This has boosted the local economy and increased public awareness of conservation. The Inner Mongolia Keyihe project has been certified by and is publicly registered with the Verified Carbon Standard. Your support of purchasing credits developed by this project allows the project to stay in operation and continue this good work!