The CO2 Conversation
So what is CO2?
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs in our atmosphere.
Ah I see, but where does CO2 come from?
This carbon overload is caused mainly when we burn fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas or cut down and burn forests. There are many heat-trapping gases, but CO2 puts us at the greatest risk of irreversible changes if it continues to accumulate in our atmosphere.
How long does it stick around?
Remnants of each CO2 emission will still have effects 10,000 years later. This means that the CO2 emissions we release today from our cars and power plants are setting the climate our children and grandchildren will experience. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
But CO2 can be good…right?
CO2 in the atmosphere works to trap heat close to Earth. It helps Earth to hold on to some of the energy it gets from the Sun so the energy doesn’t all leak back out into space. If it weren’t for this greenhouse effect, Earth’s oceans would be frozen solid. Earth would not be the beautiful blue and green planet of life that it is.
Hey it’s not so bad then!
So, CO2 and other greenhouse gases are good—up to a point. But CO2 is so good at holding in heat from the Sun, that even a small increase in CO2 in the atmosphere can cause Earth to get even warmer. Throughout Earth’s history, whenever the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has gone up, the temperature of Earth has also gone up.
And in the end…
Crate of Good isn’t here to debate on global warming. You can believe whatever your awesome heart desires. What we do know is that CO2 emissions DO have an adverse effect on our beautiful environment, and we intend to do our part to take care of our wonderful planet. We are excited to be partnering with carbonfund.org this quarter to remove pounds of CO2 emissions from our environment!
We’ll be following up this post soon with a deep dive into Carbon Fund and the incredible impact they’re making on the environment.