Towards climate awareness and a low carbon community
As part of Findhorn Ecovillage’s intention to align itself with the Paris Climate Agreement steps are being taken to integrate a carbon strategy, including measuring, offsetting and reducing our own carbon footprints.
As a first step a carbon offsetting platform has been set up by the Park Ecovillage Trust (PET) to enable residents and guests to offset the carbon emissions created by their travelling to and from Findhorn as well as other carbon emissions. Please go here to calculate and offset your emissions. If you would like more background information about carbon offsetting, please go here. And if you wish to know more about how your offsetting contribution will be distributed, here is a description of the certified projects that benefit from our scheme.
A pilot carbon footprint study was done for 2015 which revealed, from the data available, that our gross carbon emissions were around 9.5 tonnes of carbon per person, about the same as the UK average. In order to reduce our carbon impact we first need to know more precisely what it is. Therefore, a new study will take place based on our emissions for 2017.
For the 2017 footprint study residents and NFA full members as well as businesses will be asked to participate in a survey to submit data which are relevant for calculating our carbon emissions.
The plan is also to identify actions that we as a community can take to reduce our climate impact. A list of prioritised areas will be suggested and potential funding for investments will be analysed. PET will be the driving force.
As part of our climate strategy co-workers, residents and NFA members are invited to participate in a workshop programme called Carbon Conversations. These help participants learn more about climate change and what both individuals and organisations can do to reduce their respective footprints. A
PS: Here are Jonathan’s presentations from the eco-resilience FIT course: