The Importance of Being Carbon Negative, Not Just Neutral
Imagine a world where the basic requirement to sustain life is simply having air to breathe. A world where the air we breathe is clean and pollution-free. A world where the air we breathe comes from a sustainable source like solar power or wind power. A world where we are dependent on an alternative source of energy to ensure our survival. A world where we are completely dependent on a sustainable source of energy to ensure our survival.
A recent study has shown that there is a large negative impact on the planet if we keep polluting our atmosphere. The study showed that there is a stark difference in the effects of carbon emissions and carbon dioxide. The study showed that carbon dioxide is the one that is the most harmful to the environment, while carbon emissions are very, very small when compared to carbon dioxide levels.
The world is catching up to the environmental awareness necessary to save our planet, but that awareness has been slow to spread. Meanwhile, we’re still adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere at a faster rate than we can remove it. What does this mean for our future? The reality is that our society is in dire need of a shift in focus. We can’t just recycle and reuse. We must also be carbon negative.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a natural byproduct of fire and respiration. It makes up 0.04 percent of the atmosphere, but in the past hundred years, we’ve steadily pumped it into the atmosphere as we burn fossil fuels—and sent it out as a waste product of our industries. This practice is called carbon emissions, and it’s a direct contributor to global warming. As a result, carbon emissions have become the leading driver of climate change and have become a hot topic in the world of environmentalism.
Carbon is an element that is a building block of life, and all without life on this planet has a carbon footprint, then life as we know it could not exist. But how is that possible? Well, not everyone has the same priorities when it comes to carbon. Some people will choose to be carbon negative and help make the world a carbon-neutral place.
As the world continues to consume fossil fuels at a rate beyond Earth’s ability to replenish them, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have begun to rise. The result is that CO2 levels are now 30 percent higher than they were when the Industrial Revolution began. It has taken millions of years for the Earth’s biosphere to reach this point, and as a result, a daunting challenge lies ahead. The challenge is to develop a carbon-neutral society by 2035, in which all the energy we consume is sourced from renewable energy sources, and our CO2 emissions are all zero.
In the world of global warming and impending climate crisis, one immediate solution could reverse the damage caused by the burning of fossil fuels: we must become carbon negative. Carbon dioxide is the most significant greenhouse gas emitted by fossil fuels and has a strong impact on the environment.
The concept of carbon negativity has been around for a while, but—with the global climate crisis growing direr by the day—it’s gained renewed popularity in recent years. The ideal of carbon negativity is pretty simple: It’s the idea that the best way to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is to remove it from the environment—to turn it into carbon literally. Considering the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere today, we need to remove about 50 billion tons (32 billion metric tons) of CO2 by 2025 to avoid catastrophic climate change.