Carbon offsetting should never be the only response to climate change. We all have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint as best we can. However, with the best will in the world, reduction takes time and our infrastructure and supply chains can be still carbon-intensive.
So, as you reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible, carbon offsetting invests in projects which reduce emissions even further elsewhere. Because emissions disperse throughout the atmosphere, your net carbon footprint becomes smaller even if the reduction happens somewhere else.
OBF24 supports carbon reduction projects in the developing world for three reasons. Firstly, it helps those who are least able to help themselves. Secondly, it achieves the most reduction for the money you spend. And lastly, the first world is responsible for most global warming anyway, so we feel it is fairer to invest in the developing world given the moral perspective.
In other words, offsetting emissions on its own is incompatible with goals over the long run. On the contrary, the countries of the Global North need to reduce their internal emissions on a greater scale. Offsetting can therefore only be seen as a “workaround”.