Just recently, I watched the documentary "Ice on fire" (2019). I don't know how many of you have heard already of this movie (I haven't until the recommendation by my father), but truly it is a MUST watch documentary, especially in the light of the global warming!
The reason, why I (and also my father) like this movie that much and why I recommend it to you warmly, is that it doesn't put its focus on the blaming. Instead it emphasizes realistic and realizable solutions. Solutions that not only have the goal to reduce our CO2-emissions, but also to proactively remove carbon and minimize therewith our CO2-household. An approach that is desperately needed since only trying to reduce emissions isn't enough anymore.
Before watching the documentary I was not aware how many scientific solutions and therewith associated start-ups there are already focusing on carbon removal. Additionally, I was quite surprised that within the current discussions in politics and also society those are not mentioned more prominently.
The movie tries to explain this fact with economic powers (especially those depending on carbon emissions) influencing the politics strongly in an unsustainable way. (Quite sure those mentioned powers don't have that much work on this matter with at least one specific president at the moment😏.)
To be honest, so far, I am/was quite guilt-driven on my personal contributions to the global warming. I am well aware that due to my interests (in particular traveling ✈) my ecological footprint is really really bad!
Looking at the concrete numbers how much CO2-emissions is allowed per person, per year (which is according myclimate.ch 0.600t CO2, only 7% of the current individual average CO2 footprint in the EU) you lose every realistic hope that only reducing CO2-emissions is achieving anything.
Thus, not surprisingly the idea of compensation came already up in the discussions of global warming. That's also an approach that was among other measures based on the Paris Climate Treaty. Unfortunately, we have seen how successful that was.
Don't get me wrong, I still believe in the concept of compensations. However, looking at the results, we got so far, it seems to me that we have among others room for improvements in the projects/products the compensations have been invested in so far.
What I wanna say is: The documentary "ice on fire" got me motivated to make more personal research on the topic of sustainable investments, because you really are interested in making your contributions in the most efficient way. Thus, I like to share the list with some hopeful solutions illustrated in the movie:
Created out of removed tanoaks converted to a product known as biochar capable of storing carbon for hundreds if not thousands of years.
- urban farming:
A machine that capture CO2 from air and turn it into stone where it stays permanently.
Making this little research for this article make me stumble over some individual compensations / investments possibilities that are already available and that may be interesting for you as well:
Personally, I find the approach of climateworks the most interesting one. What I was not successful to find in my short research, was the possibility to "plant" shellfish and seaweed. An approach equivalent to "planting" a tree just having a way higher impact on carbon removal than a tree.
Maybe you are aware of other contributions/investment possibilities? Share your thoughts on this matter in the comments below.