What’s Happening Today
How we choose to live our lives has a direct impact on the CO2 levels in our atmosphere which contribute to climate change. This affects people across the world, from extreme weather, to their health, and access to food and water (globalchange.gov)
The Real Deal
We don’t mean to be alarmist but climate change is REAL and a BIG DEAL. Now, what are we doing about it? Ancolie has become a carbon neutral restaurant. Through sustainable practices in the restaurant, and by offsetting emissions, Ancolie has zero impact on CO2 levels in the atmosphere. That’s right, zero.
How We Became Carbon Neutral
CO2logic, an independent climate advisory organization calculated our Carbon Footprint to determine what it would take to become carbon neutral. Here are the facts:
- By using reusable glass jars, we have avoided sending almost one metric ton of CO2 into the atmosphere
- Our reusable jars have also prevented half a ton of plastic waste from being disposed into the environment
- By using green electricity, LED bulbs and energy-efficient fridges, we have stopped 13.4 metric tons of CO2 from being created by the burning of fossil fuels
Our ask of you: how can you leverage these tips and implement them into your home?
Our final hurdle was the emissions produced by the team’s commuting, business travel of one trip, and delivery transporation which represent the majority of Ancolie’s footprint, 7 metric tons.
CO2 neutrality was achieved by calculating, reducing and offsetting the remaining emissions. The offsetting was done by by funding 8 efficient cookstoves, helping several families in Uganda who would otherwise be using wood fires, leading to deforestation. This is unique project to CO2 logic and we are so proud to contribute to this cause.
“Climate change is not only a local but also a global problem, we reduce our CO2 emissions here and offset the remaining emissions in developing countries that cannot finance these improvements.” – CO2logic
We believe that the problem of climate change is the responsibility of both individuals and businesses. We are truly passionate and excited to continue this journey with you all!
Photos and Graphs by Mike Burton, NASA’s Global Climate Change Website and CO2 Logic, respectively