JCJ grew out of a concern about the weaknesses of carbon offsetting. These schemes do not address the urgency of climate change. They do not empower people in the countries most affected.
Carbon offsets and their limits
“Carbon Offsetting” enables individuals and organisations to pay to reduce carbon emissions from another source. This counterbalances their own emissions. Typical carbon offset schemes invest in projects in areas like forestry, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
JCJ sees three limitations to nearly all these schemes.
- They are a totally inadequate response to the climate emergency we all face.
- Verifying results is difficult. Was rainforest destroyed to plant those trees? Do we really know that the project was a new one?
- The $ value put on emissions is way too low to have a real impact. The carbon tax that Australia adopted (at $23/t CO2) grossly undervalued the price of greenhouse pollution. It was far below the price required to bring about the rapid shift to renewable energy.
JCJ can offer much more significant outcomes. We make the most of the limited resources that people commit when ‘paying their carbon dues’.
JCJ offers a positive alternative for people to deal with their emissions, especially when flying.
We achieve this by working with the youth of tomorrow. Lets create a new band of environmental leaders across the Asia Pacific. Our investment in the projects run so far in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Vietnam speak for themselves.
Please read our project stories, and then consider your emissions and how you might best offset them.
Emissions vary greatly across households. They depend on number of residents, energy used for cooking, heating and cooling, means of transport and other lifestyle factors.
In Australia, average household emissions are suggested to be around 8 – 14 t CO2 equivalent.
Air travel generates massive quantities of greenhouse emissions, and is one of the most polluting forms of transport. A one-way flight from Melbourne to London generates a massive 2.6 tonnes of CO2 emissions per person!
Interestingly, short flights often generate more emissions than longer ones since planes are do not typically cruise at such high altitude.