What's the difference between Net Zero and Carbon Neutral: A parent's guide to a greener future

What's the difference between Net Zero and Carbon Neutral: A parent's guide to a greener future

Have you ever heard the terms Net Zero and Carbon Neutral being thrown around and wondered what they actually mean? Well, buckle up and grab a snack because it's time to learn!

Net Zero refers to the balance between the amount of carbon dioxide emitted and the amount removed from the atmosphere. In simpler terms, it means that we are not adding any more CO2 to the environment than we are taking away.

Carbon Neutral, on the other hand, means having a balance of zero carbon emissions by either reducing the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere or offsetting it by removing an equal amount from the atmosphere. This can be done through things like planting trees or investing in renewable energy sources.

So, what does this mean for you as a parent? It's time to start thinking about the impact you and your family have on the environment and what steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, repair, rot! Teach your children the importance of reducing waste and being mindful of the resources they use.

  • Make energy-efficient choices. Use energy-saving light bulbs, turn off lights when you leave a room, and unplug electronics when they're not in use.

  • Consider alternative transportation. Walk, bike, or take public transport whenever possible to reduce your carbon footprint.

  • Buy locally grown, organic food. Not only is it better for the environment, but it's also better for you!

  • Do some gardening. Teach your children about the importance of trees and plants in removing carbon from the atmosphere. You can also show them the tree-planting videos on our socials.

Remember, every little step counts! By working together, we can make a big impact in creating a greener future for our children.

Image credit: Mike Marrah

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