What is The Greenhouse Effect and How SKOOT Can Help You Reduce It

We’ve all heard the term “The Greenhouse Effect” lots of times but what actually is it?

In simple terms it’s a natural phenomenon which results in Earth's atmosphere trapping the sun's heat. The sun’s light and heat are absorbed by the earth's surface, water, and air. This extra energy is then released back into the atmosphere as infrared radiation. A lot of it stays near the earth in the form of infrared radiation, however some of it bounces up to levels where it can escape out into space. When there are more gases that can trap this outgoing radiation such as greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, less of this infrared radiation is able to escape back into space. 

The result?

An increase in global warming and continued warming of the Earth's surface temperature.

So what are Greenhouse Gases? 

Any gas that traps heat in the atmosphere is a greenhouse gas, these include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, fluorinated gases. Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas, human activities add more CO2 to the atmosphere which fuels the continued warming of the earth. The main human activity that emits CO2 is the combustion of fossil fuels, for both energy and transport. The combustion of fossil fuels such as gasoline, or petrol to transport both goods and people is one of the largest sources of CO2 emissions. 

Picture credit to Ben&Jerry’s

                               

SKOOT can help businesses, individuals and communities reduce their carbon 

footprint and offset their greenhouse gas emissions. 

With SKOOT.eco it's easy to take climate action, today.

Just choose the solutions that work best for you and start building a cleaner, greener world, in the race to net-zero.

Why Businesses should care about climate change

Even though climate change is a slow-moving disaster, it can quickly have a serious impact on the global economy. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reported that since 1981 the average rate of increase of combined ocean and land temperature is 0.18 degrees celsius per decade and sea levels have risen by 8 inches. Just two years ago, in 2020, the land areas were hottest on record. These changes are predicted to create huge numbers of climate refugees and cause more frequent natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.

Even in the last 7 days the Polar regions have reported the highest ever temperature. Concordia station, high on the Antarctic Plateau, hit the record temperature of -11.8 degrees on Friday, this is nearly 40 degrees higher than the seasonal norms. This is a result of climate change. 

Climate change has an economic effect on businesses because it has an impact on the environment they operate in. This could lead to higher operating costs due to factors like fluctuating energy prices and new regulations. There will also be financial impacts on business as the insurance industry seeks to spread the increasing risk and as investors increasingly take climate change risks into account.  

How SKOOT helps reduce it

Climate change is a global phenomenon with the potential to reshape our planet. It’s important for everyone to contribute to the fight against climate change by taking small actions, today. SKOOT is one of many solutions that you can use in order to help reduce your carbon footprint and make a difference in the war on climate change. 

SKOOT’s carbon calculator indicates which areas of your business are currently creating the most carbon, this gives your business a sense of how much carbon you need to counteract. Once the carbon output has been identified, you can begin to offset this carbon. There is an integrated ability to reduction via 100, 200 or 300% as part of the process. 

There’s also the SKOOT shop your business can buy verified carbon credits, instantly reducing your carbon footprint and or plant certified trees or offset flights. 

Alongside being able to use our other solutions such as Hospitality or E-commerce Green Service Charge to offset your carbon footprint.

It is also easy for you and your employees to get involved in reducing the greenhouse effect on an individual level. We have the first carbon-negative green app for drivers, you can plant trees for free while you drive or organise carpools with others to reduce your emissions. If you want to join us on the journey to creating cleaner and greener skies download the SKOOT app here

Mangrove Trees at our planting site in Tudor Creek, Kenya.

Conclusion

Climate change is real. And if you don't care about it, your business could be at risk. The reason is simple: People want to buy from brands that share their values and positively impact the world.

SKOOT can help you make a difference in the fight against climate change. The SKOOT Climate ecosystem has a number of sustainability tools to help your company track and reduce its environmental footprint.

Start tracking today to take charge of your company's environmental impact and to help the world avoid the damaging effects of climate change.

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