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Red Cross will offset its carbon dioxide emissions with reforestation actions

Posted by LIZ DAVENPORT

The objective of the Strategy + CO (plan) 2 is to achieve climate neutrality for the organization by 2030.

The plantations are planned throughout the territory and will be carried out with native species to offset the annual emissions that are inevitably generated by the activity.

The Red Cross is working on an emissions reduction plan so that both through the activity and with the energy efficiency of buildings and the vehicle fleet, it contributes to the Paris agreements and the Sustainable Development Goals that support the climate alliance.

Red Cross is a social organization that is committed to measuring and registering the carbon footprint it generates and taking measures to minimize the environmental impact.

The Red Cross is a social organization that is committed to measuring and registering the carbon footprint it generates and taking measures to minimize the environmental impact.

For this reason, the organization is working on an emissions reduction plan so that both through the control of our activity and the energy efficiency of buildings and the vehicle fleet, we contribute to the Paris agreements and the Sustainable Development Goals that they bet on the alliance for the climate.

Along these lines, the Red Cross has launched a new project, + CO (mpensa) 2. “The objective of this plan is to counteract the emissions of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases that the Red Cross generates during its activity through the reforestation of natural spaces and environments, by taking advantage of the photosynthetic capacity of plants to absorb the CO2 from the atmosphere, thus reducing the concentration of these gases in the air, ” says Sara Casas, head of the organization’s Environment area.

+ CO (mpensa) 2 is a plan designed at the state level whose implementation will be progressive over the next nine years focused on simple and basic reforestation projects under common keys: 

  • Use native plants. 
  • Promote change in land use for the creation of forest area.

Permanence of at least 30 years to be able to measure the absorptions produced.

Have a Management Plan that establishes the monitoring every five years, from the start of the project. 

Under these guidelines, and following the Red Cross CO₂ Absorption Project, reforestation actions are being programmed in different areas of Spain. “Through this compensation project, where the commitment is to achieve climate neutrality by 2030 and which begins this year, it is expected to compensate the 15,086.06 tons of CO2 emitted by the organization according to the carbon footprint calculated for this period. This will imply a progressive implementation of the project that combines reduction projects with compensation projects ” , indicates the Red Cross spokesperson.

Red Cross and the Environment

Caring for the Environment is no longer an option and has become an obligation for all the inhabitants of the planet. There is no doubt: our survival is at risk. Likewise, the conservation of natural assets also has an impact on greater social justice, since it avoids threats, inequalities and extreme poverty in certain areas of the world.“The day to day of millions of people is at stake. Our humanitarian mandate requires us to reduce the humanitarian impact derived from the climate crisis. We cannot continue to allow energy waste to occur as long as there are people who cannot afford to maintain an adequate temperature in their home. If we want to have a future, whatever it may be, we must avoid the increase in the global temperature of the planet, limiting the greenhouse gas emissions emitted into the atmosphere and with the massive arrival of microplastics into nature ”, emphasizes Sara Casas.

Many people have integrated this discourse as a way of life and have decided, in one way or another, to participate in volunteer activities in favor of the environment and people. According to Sara Casas, “one of the most unknown areas of the Red Cross is the Environment. Our work in this sense ranges from education in environmental values ​​to social awareness, to the improvement of our environment with direct conservation and cleaning actions (Libera project), the fight against energy poverty or the environmental management of the concerned Organization itself. for reducing the impact of their activities (+ CO (pay) 2) “. For all this to be possible, the participation of volunteers is required, either helping in the conservation of natural spaces or helping families in advising and improving energy efficiency in their home. 

“To be part of the environmental volunteerism, no requirement is needed: only the desire. There are from older people to young students; from environmental experts to people who are not used to rural environments, ” says the Red Cross spokesperson. Other activities are also proposed that contribute to the global objective of caring for nature -– activities in national parks, river cleanings, reforestations, activities in eco-social gardens or the promotion of good environmental practices throughout the national territory. “Those who participate in them agree: when you carry out an action to improve the environment, the benefits you get from nature are doubled” , highlights Sara Casas.

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