Everything started with a dream, a dream to give back to the planet more than we take from it.
Planet positive was born as a pledge to focus on the positive, to focus on the best for ourselves and for our home (Planet Earth).
Planet Positive is a journey to be climate positive.
Wait a minute, what does it mean to be climate positive?
Climate positive means that an activity goes beyond achieving net zero carbon emissions to actually create an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Here is a simple example: eating a banana and composting the peel to create food for plants, animals, and nutrients for soil. Instead of tossing it and in worst-case scenario incinerate it.
What does it mean to be climate positive for companies?
According to C40 Cities’ Climate Positive Development Program, companies or communities achieve climate positivity or carbon neutrality by a combination of reducing emissions on-site (reducing waste, supporting local production, improving public transportation, etc.) and offsetting carbon by reducing carbon in the neighbouring community (funding projects, such as reforestation to remove CO2 from the environment).
In the case of Companies, the most effective way to counteract the residual footprint is by offsetting CO2.
Although carbon offsetting is a good approach, I think we should put more effort into solving what is causing the problem.
The problem is that we are trying to be less bad when we should start figuring out how to be good.
In other words, we are trying to change some small parts of a product or service to make it more “eco-friendly”, when the whole infrastructure should be redesigned.
In culinary terms, we’re no longer substituting ingredients, we’ve thrown the recipe out the window and are starting from scratch, with a basket full of tasty, nutritious ingredients that we’d love to cook with.
To give you an idea of what my dream is, imagine
“Buildings that, like trees, produce more energy than they consume and purify their own waste water. Factories that produce effluents that are drinking water. Products that, when their useful life is over, can be tossed onto the ground to decompose and become food for plants, animals, and nutrients for soil. Transportation that improves the quality of life while delivering goods and services. A world of abundance, not one of limits, pollution, and waste.” Cradle to Cradle by Michael Braungart, William McDonough
What does it mean to be climate positive for individuals like you and me?
That’s the whole purpose of this blog. We are going to find out how you and I can achieve climate positivity.
I strongly believe that we have great power to shape our future by making conscious choices and making decisions based on values such as kindness, oneness, and respect.
Let the journey begin!